Treatment Center Allegedly Failed to Protect Patient from Physical Attack by Peer

A former patient filed a lawsuit against Universal Health Services d/b/a Spring Mountain Treatment Center, alleging he was attacked by another patient during the second day of his admission. He claims that during the unprovoked attack, the other patient ran full speed into him “slamming him onto the floor,” which resulted in knee and hip injuries. The Plaintiff claims that the patient who attacked him was allowed to remain with the general patient population without restrictions or containment, even though he could be observed (via video surveillance) forcefully bumping into and shoving other patients for at least an hour. He claims in his first cause of action that the facility and its employees and agents failed to “exercise professional responsibility and compliance with applicable professional medical standards of care that govern safety, security, and treatment … .” He further claims in his fourth cause of action that the Defendants failed to adequately train and supervise their employees to recognize dangerous and violent patients and to implement appropriate actions to protect vulnerable patients from foreseeable harm.