Below is the first part of an article by Keiko Kerr from hawaiinewsnow.com. It reads…
KANEOHE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) –
A class-action lawsuit representing hundreds of State Hospital employees will be filed in the next several weeks, as the acting head of the troubled hospital announced he plans to retire after two decades there.
The class-action lawsuit will be filed on behalf of hundreds of front-line staff at the State Hospital, who work directly with the mentally ill.
Attorney Michael Green is representing them.
“Every week, there’s somebody getting punched or kicked or their heads are getting slapped into the walls,” Green said “This is really bad. It’s like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”
The lawsuit will seek financial damages from the state and changes in procedures, training and equipment for employees who are routinely getting attacked by the mentally ill patients at the hospital.
“I’ve got people in here that will never work again because of brain injuries. People that are getting more medication than the patients ever got in there,” Green said. “The intention now is to represent all of them and hopefully make a change. And the state’s self- insured. The money can be used for much better things than lawsuits.”
Some state hospital employees spend weeks, months and even longer on workers compensation because of on-the-job injuries.
State Hospital faces class action
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