Man forced to give up job following workplace act of violence
Posted: May 1, 2016
Posted in: Criminal Injury and Assault Workplace Injuries
A 52-year-old former nursing assistant, working for the Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, has been awarded more than £13,000 in compensation for injuries sustained at work that put an end to his career. Lincolnshire resident, Andrew Eurich from Stickney, had been working at the Ash Villa Care Home for seven years when he was forced to quit – a job that he had thoroughly enjoyed. Together with a colleague, Mr Eurich had been accompanying a patient in the child and adolescent mental health service unit, when the patient struck out forcefully, causing the nursing assistant to injure his back upon falling against a fire door. The pair had been using standard restraining techniques when the incident occurred, but it was just not enough to restrain the patient. The fall tore cartilage in Mr Eurich’s lower back causing him to be taken to hospital.
Incapable of carrying out duties
After extensive physiotherapy and acupuncture treatment it became clear that the pain was not going to subside. He now has to undergo injections every six months in an attempt to help with the pain he experiences. After absences amounting to five months in the year following the incident, it was clear that the result of his injuries had rendered him incapable of carrying out his duties as before, and he was retired on medical grounds.
Solicitors appointed to pursue compensation for the nursing assistant stated: “Andrew suffered an injury from an unprovoked act of violence and compensation was sought from the Criminals Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA)”.
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