Physically Asssulted at work - page 2

by theview 4,561 Views | 24 Comments

I was caring for a detained (ITA) psychiatric patient on a Medical/Stroke unit when he physically assulted me at the nurse station punching me multiple times in the face head then tackling me to the floor where he continued to... Read More


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    Your best option would be to consult an attorney. It certainly doesn't seem right that you'd be penalized for a work related injury especially when it could have been prevented. Best of luck to you!
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    If I was in your shoes I'd have contacted an attorney as soon as I got out of the ER.
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    I am sorry this happened. Did you sign the 'free of liability' papers before you started work? There is a risk with working with psychiatric patients.
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    I am so sorry ! It nice to know your co-workers have your back ????
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    I dont recall signing free of liability and I dont work on a psych unit, I work on a Medical/Stroke unit but unfortunalty due to all the healthcare budget cuts we have been getting dumped with detained psychiatric patients because are psych facilities have no beds. Its a bad situation. It would be a little different if I worked on a psych unit I would of been more prepared and had an appropriate safe setting hopefully.
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    I wish you could go after the judge who decided that you could not force a dangerous psych patient to be medicated! Too bad the judge is not available to take care of the patient...
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    I would say go back to the 'original' paperwork. There had to have been statements about workplace violence along with what the hospital is protected by. Go to your human resources office and request to look at your file and review all signed documents
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    thanks, Il check into that
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    Get a lawyer FAST - and listen to the first thing the atty will tell you. That is, STOP posting on the 'net/media and keep your discussions to a minimun with only those having a need to know. You've got a lot of grey, fuzzy legal areas here and the only one to give you the correct info will be an atty, one experienced in labor law.

    You're making complaints about many others, who most likely will be represented by THEIR competent advisors whose obligation is to protect them, not you. And since you're making negative noise, the others are most likely not very forthcoming in trying to assist you.

    If you carry your own private malpractice insurance, you may want to contact them as your employer may start to look for dirt to shift the focus of blame to you.

    You need GOOD, professional legal help. Right now, it's their big army of many versus your little unit of one. Wishing you good luck
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    What a terrible ordeal you had to experience, theview. My heart goes out to you for having been violated.

    First and foremost, take care of yourself; consult with a Counsellor/Therapist. The Institution where this Incident took place should make this service available at no cost to you. If the Institution has not offered Counselling Services to you, contact Human Resources and/or the Employeee Assistance Program.

    To be able to express and work through this trauma is necessary before making any major life decisions.

    I, too, was assaulted by a Mentally Ill Patient out in the community and suffered from symptoms of PTSD. I attended three sessions with a Psychosocial Therapist, but eventually had a multitude of sessions with an Art Therapist.

    Through my art, I was able to work through some issues and learned techniques that I continue to use to this day.

    The very best to you, theview. Please feel free to PM me if you wish to discuss this matter in greater detail.

    Dave


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