Woman sues Green Acres Regional Center after attack by patient

By Kyla Asbury | Dec 2, 2009

HUNTINGTON —- A woman is suing Green Acres Regional Center after she was attacked by one of its residents.

Sandra Payne was employed at Green Acres as an aide and was assigned to work in one of its cabins, caring and supervising its seven residents, according to a complaint filed Nov. 9 in Cabell Circuit Court.

Payne claims she made various requests that another aide be assigned to one of the cabin's residents, referred to as "M.D." to better control him.

Payne claims M.D. was "a very large man who suffered various mental conditions."

On June 20, 2008, M.D. attacked Payne, grabbing and knocking her to the floor, according to the suit.

Payne claims she was able to crawl from the room, but that there was only one other aide in the cabin at that time who was working with a patient with cerebral palsy. The aide came to her rescue and she was able to exit the cabin with the aide's assistance.

Payne suffered from various injuries, including a torn rotator cuff, torn muscle, torn soft tissue and other injuries to her cervical spine, according to the suit.

Payne is suing for compensatory damages for her injuries. She is being represented by Larry O. Ford of Meyer, Ford & Glasser.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge David M. Pancake.

Cabell Circuit Court case number: 09-C-894

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