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Assaulted by a Schizophrenic Man in a Nursing Home…

Submitted By: Amy (Cordele, Georgia)

I work in a nursing home. I was walking down the hall and a schizophrenic man maybe 50 to 60 years of age punched me in the face. It was unexpected. Everyone knew this man was dangerous and he had been placed on different medication a week earlier.

The administrators knew he didn’t belong there and that he should be in a mental institution. I feel like they do not care about employees’ nor residents’ safety. How is a man like this able to roam freely in a nursing home? He could have hurt a resident. Is this legal?

My main question is: Is this a case of negligence and do I have any rights to make a claim?

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Answer

Dear Amy,

You have a workers compensation claim against your employer because the injury occurred during the course of your employment. Anytime an injury occurs in the scope of employment, it is covered by your employers workers compensation insurance. You should immediately submit a claim to your human resources department.

In addition, you may have a negligence claim for negligent supervision against your employer as well as the individual who caused your injuries.

In this claim, you can sue the employer personally but also through the premises liability insurance that the nursing home undoubtedly has for injuries that occur on site. Whether your fellow employees did anything wrong is not clear from your facts, but would be worth looking into.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Published: January 3, 2011

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One thought on “Assaulted by a Schizophrenic Man in a Nursing Home…

  1. You have a workers compensation claim against your employer because the injury occurred during the course of your employment. Anytime an injury occurs in the scope of employment, it is covered by your employers workers compensation insurance. You should immediately submit a claim to your human resources department.

    In addition, you may have a negligence claim for negligent supervision against your employer as well as the individual who caused your injuries.

    In this claim, you can sue the employer personally but also through the premises liability insurance that the nursing home undoubtedly has for injuries that occur on site. Whether your fellow employees did anything wrong is not clear from your facts, but would be worth looking into.

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