Thursday, September 13, 2012

Violent Psychiatric Patient Attacks Nurse, No Legal Recourse Against Facility or Psychiatrist? #nurseup #nursefriendly #malpractice

Violent Psychiatric Patient Attacks Nurse, No Legal Recourse Against Facility or Psychiatrist? Summary: It would seem absurd, that if a physician admits and facility assigns a nurse to care for a known violent patient, that it has no legal obligation to protect that nurse against violence. In this case, a psychiatric patient sought admission to facility. On admission, he threatened to attack a nurse. When the patient would follow through on his threat, the nurse was denied legal recourse against the psychiatrist who could have taken precautions against the attack."
Charleston v. Larson, 696 N.E. 2d 793 – IL 1998
http://www.nursefriendly.com/nursing/clinical.cases/081599.htm
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