By msizziec - 14/12/2015 23:09 - United Kingdom - Tiverton
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Hello, OP here! I work in a mental health and learning disability care home, so when I say resident I mean in the sense they live there. He's normally absolutely lovely, very quiet and calm, however something clearly snapped that day. I'll never know whether it was on purpose or not unfortunately! It was only a small torch (flashlight) but it was dropped about 10 ft directly onto my temple which was incredible aim if nothing else. It's not a locked unit so he's allowed stuff like that, however I did "misplace" it after the incident. A trip to the hospital emergency department after my shift proved there's no long lasting damage other than a mild concussion. After that though I've kept my distance from him... just in case!
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Before you ask, a "torch" is a flashlight in the UK. You're welcome.
Why do you have a resident schizophrenic? Why is he allowed to just drop things on people?
Most likely OP works in a residential treatment facility or group home. Having worked at both, I can assure you and stuff like this happens a lot. I have been hit, kicked, pushed, berated, spit on, and I'm sure stuff I have blocked out. It is the nature of the job.
Press charges. If he is that unstable he shouldnt be there putting people in danger. And your job is totally responsible.
Yeah, when my GF was in the hospital they were totally restricted... the roof garden they smoked in had 10ft walls to prevent jumping, I can't imagine a psych ward worth their credentials would allow an unsupervised patient into the stairwell. Dollars to donuts the doors need to be unlocked with a pass card/security code.