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Nurse Assistant Denied Workers Comp After Attack

Nurse Assistant Denied Workers Comp After Attack

When someone is injured on the job and they were acting in the course and scope of their employment, Charleston workers compensation attorneys know that they are covered under the workers’ compensation system.

A nurse assistant, who is currently in a vegetative state after being attacked by a patient at work, is being unfairly denied care by workers compensation and her health insurer. 52-year old Amelia Mendoza was attacked by a patient at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, California twice in April of 2009. The events took place while Mendoza was working at the hospital. She sustained serious blows to her face, head, and neck. Several days after the incident, Mendoza had a hemorrhagic stroke that she still has not recovered from six months later.

According to her attorney, Mendoza’s health insurer and workers compensation officials are refusing to pay for her care. Her husband was forced to leave his job so that he could take care of her at home. Despite the fact that injury took place while Mendoza was working, the hospital does not believe her condition has anything to do with a work-related injury.

The injury that the woman sustained in this case has left her severely injured and unable to work, putting a heavy financial burden on her family. She is being unfairly treated by the hospital and her insurer. When a situation like this occurs, it is recommended that the injured party seek the advice of an experienced attorney who can help them receive the compensation they deserve. Source: Associated Press- “Attorney: Nurse assistant denied care after attack”- October 20, 2009.

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