Some hospital staff suffer brain injury from patient attacks

The majority of people who work in hospitals want to help people. But there are times when the very people they are trying to help lash out at them. In certain instances in hospitals in Canada, the attacks have been violent enough to cause brain injury.

A major study, Assaulted and Unheard: Violence Against Healthcare Staff, showed that many health care workers suffered serious injuries, including concussions, fractures, broken bones, bites and sexual assaults at the hands of patients. In addition to highlighting what injuries some of these workers suffered , the study also painted a picture of how the injuries affected workers physically, emotionally, financially and interpersonally. Researchers found that many health care employees bear the brunt of patient aggression in the form of chronic pain, and many who work in various departments -- like psychiatric units, long\-term care or emergency departments -- start their shifts in fear that they might be physically assaulted by some patients.

Many of these incidents go unreported because staff members say they fear reprisal. Those who took part in the in-depth interview process said they needed to seek psychological counselling for the trauma they suffered. They also had to seek financial support for time off work to deal with the trauma.

Anyone who suffers an injury, especially a debilitating one like a brain injury, because of the actions of another person has the right to consult with a lawyer about pursuing compensation for their pain and suffering. As indicated in this study, those workers who were injured also suffered financially because of loss of work due to the physical and emotional ramifications of the injuries they suffered. A lawyer in Canada could offer guidance to his or her injured clients on how to best proceed in these cases.

 

Source: marketwired.com, "New study reveals toxic environment of physical and sexual violence against staff in Ontario hospitals", Nov. 30, 2017

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