In Maryland, a man who previously sought medical treatment at Sinai Hospital for depression is suing the hospital and security guard Timothy Hough for $77 million. The former patient, Gerrod Lewis, says that Hough assaulted him in the hospital emergency room on Labor Day.
Sinai Hospital acknowledges that an unfortunate altercation happened but maintains that Hough was “defending himself” against Louis, who they accuse of being “violent and out-of-control.” Hough continues to work at the hospital.
According to Lewis’s Maryland personal injury lawsuit, Hough started beating him on the head after he refused to remove his earring. Lewis maintains that the assault occurred in an exam room after an emergency technician left him alone with Hough. Lewis, who sustained head and eye injuries from the incident that occurred on September 1, alleges that Hough struck him about 20 times until he was on the ground in “puddles of blood.”
Following an investigation by Baltimore police, Hough was charged with attempted first-degree assault, attempted second-degree murder, second-degree assault, and reckless endangerment. Since then, however, Baltimore city prosecutors have dropped the attempted murder charge.
Hough has filed a second-degree assault charge against Lewis, accusing him of verbal abuse, spitting on his face, and approaching him in a threatening manner. Hough says his actions toward Lewis were acts of “self-defense.”
If you were assaulted on another party’s premise and the property owner or manager should have or could have acted to prevent the incident, you may be entitled to personal injury compensation. Premises liability law holds property owners liable for injuries or deaths that could have (or should have) been prevented.
Video Could Be Crucial In Sinai Lawsuit, WBALTV.com, October 20, 2008
Patient sues for assault, BaltimoreSun.com, October 18, 2008
Related Web Resources:
Sinai Hospital, LifeBridge Health
Premises Liability, Justia