Inter Law – Nurse compensated after patient attacks

Nurse compensated after patient attacks – 06/09/2007A nurse has received £21,500 after being attacked by a patient.

Lucia Johnson, a staff nurse at Broadmoor Hospital in Berkshire, was attacked by a patient twice – in December 2002 and again in July 2003.

She said: “He punched me on the chin and on my shoulder and as a result of my injuries, I had several months off work.

“He was often violent, but in spite of the complaints made by members of staff he was not removed to a more secure unit where more members of staff would have been available to supervise or medicate him.”

The £21,500 settlement with the West London Mental Health NHS Trust was agreed through the NHS Litigation Authority.

Mrs Johnson had several months off work as a result of her injuries.

Unison regional officer Eddie Jaggers said she had been “clearly put at risk by her employer”.

“As a result she was assaulted twice by a patient known to be violent. Although searches had been regularly carried out in his room, the appropriate action was not taken. We are therefore very pleased with the compensation secured,” he said.

Anita Rattan of Thompsons Solicitors, who represented Mrs Johnson, said: “It is unacceptable that so many nurses who work alone should have to endure assault or harassment. Lucia Johnson’s case highlights the very real dangers they face.”

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