I am a CNA (Certified Nurse Assistant). As I was changing a patient's diaper he reached up and hit me in the face. He broke my nose and knocked my teeth out of my mouth. I'm trying to find out what I can do about this and what I should get in compensation.
As a result of getting hit I lost 2 teeth and got a broken nose. I'm not sure what the total medical bills will be yet. Is there any way to know what the payoff will be for my injuries? What should I do?
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ANSWER for "CNA Hit in the Face by Patient...":
Aiesha (Chicago, IL):
What you can do about it is to first make sure you have sought the medical and dental attention you require. You didn't mention whether you were assaulted in a medical or geriatric facility, or at the man's home. We mention this because if the assault occurred at the man's home his homeowners insurance may come into play and be able to provide some compensation for your injuries.
In any event you do have a claim against the man who assaulted you and the company for which you worked at the time of the assault.
Attempting to gauge the amount of compensation you will receive is almost impossible without knowing the extent of your injuries, the medical and dental bills you have incurred so far, and any other costs related to the injury and your treatment and recovery.
Once you have in your possession a breakdown of the total costs, you can then start to consider the amount of compensation you can hope to recover. Normally the amount of a settlement is a multiple of the total cost of the medical bills, referred to in the legal community as "Hard Costs".
A general description of the total amount might be a multiple of at least 3x the amount of the total Hard Costs.
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