Seemingly straight out of the fiction section, another CNA stands accused of punching an elderly person she was responsible for caring for. The Champaign County Sheriff arrested Sharoia D. Hill of Danville, IL, for the aggravated battery of a senior citizen.
The alleged battery took place at the Champaign County Nursing Home in Southern Illinois, where Hill was a CNA in the Alzheimer’s unit. According to Hill’s co-workers, the elderly man involved would not return a gait belt, used to help transfer residents, back to Hill. In apparent retaliation, Hill punched the man two times with a closed fist. A co-worker witnessed the abuse and immediately alerted authorities.
Hill has been working at the Champaign County Nursing Home since March 17th. If convicted of the felony charges, Hill faces two to five years in prison and fines up to $25,000.
Is the facility responsible for the actions of the CNA?
If the facility had knowledge of the CNA’s violent tendencies or the facility failed to do a proper background check prior to hiring they may be held responsible for this incident. If however, the facility had no prior knowledge of this CNA’s violent propensities, it is unlikely that they have an legal responsibility in a civil lawsuit.
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