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Exclusivity Barred Heath Care Worker From Seeking Civil Remedy for Attack by Patient

By WorkCompCentral

Monday, November 27, 2017 | 1043 | 0 | 0 min read

A California appellate court ruled that a health care worker was limited to a remedy through workers’ compensation for her injuries from an assault by a mentally ill patient. Case: Mendiola v. Crestwood Behavioral Health, No. C082345, 11/21/2017, unpublished. Facts and procedural history: Christine Mendiola began working for Crestwood Behavioral Health in March 2009. While she was at work in July 2011, she was attacked by a patient. Mendiola filed suit against Crestwood, asserting her employer knew that the patient had a history of attacking women, but deliberately did not inform the ...

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