Grandmother Quits Care Worker Role After Patient Attack

Personal injury claims are not uncommon in the care home business, although, it is arguably the case that the majority of accident claims are brought by patients or their families against the care homes following acts or omissions of negligence. Care home staff members, however, can also raise personal injury claims if they are exposed to injury or illness in the course of their employment, which is precisely what happened to Ms Hunt, a grandmother from Winslow, Buckinghamshire, who was attacked by a patient at Swan House care home in September 2005.

Ms Hunt had been working for Swan House Heritage Care since 2002 but left soon after the incident, in which Jack Tooby, who had a history of violence towards women, held Ms Hunt in a headlock and repeatedly punched the 56-year-old. Despite concerns raised by other staff members, Swan House care home managers refused to transfer Mr Tooby to a secure hospital. Ms Hunt was attacked when she was working alone helping a patient to the toilet.

After suffering serious neck and shoulder injuries, which included a painful trapped nerve, Ms Hunt resigned from her job. Swan House Heritage Care agreed to pay Ms Hunt compensation over the incident in an out-of-court settlement. Ms Hunt said: “I was shocked at how I was treated by the care home… bosses just wanted to brush it under the carpet”. Nowinnofee can provide professional legal services to those who have been injured or made ill as a result of their employment.

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