When a patient at a medical facility in Georgia or elsewhere begins to exhibit violent and aggressive behavior, others nearby may expect the facility to take the necessary measures to ensure their safety. Should this fail to occur, any resulting acts of violence could pose a significant threat to safety. A nursing student in another state has filed a lawsuit accusing a facility of negligent security after he was attacked and permanently injured by a patient.
Reports of the attack
According to reports, the incident began when a patient who exhibited signs of aggression and violence was admitted to the facility. Although reports indicate that there are wings within the facility that are designed to have additional security measures, the patient was placed in a wing without such measures. Reports indicate that sometime after being admitted, the patient was able to locate a pair of scissors and proceeded to attack nearby nurses.
Reports indicate that a nursing student was stabbed in the neck and suffered permanent damage during the incident. The student has since filed a lawsuit against the facility and its security staff, accusing these parties of failing to address the danger and provide adequate security measures. Reports also indicate that this is not the first patient-related assault at the facility, nor is it the first time the facility has been accused of similar forms of negligence.
Individuals who suffer serious or permanent harm in an attack due to negligent security measures might not always understand their available legal avenues. Those who face similar circumstances could benefit from knowing that there are attorneys who can evaluate the incident thoroughly and provide them with insight on the next steps to take to seek restitution. Such advice could play an integral role in helping a person understand his or her legal rights and options and prepare to seek the compensation entitled through the proper channels.