Mother whose head was split open after she was knocked to the ground by a security guard while walking in a hospital parking garage sues $ 786,770 in damages
- 53-year-old Toni Burcher claims she was attacked by hospital guards
- She said she had a six-centimeter cut left and claimed psychological damage
- Ms. Burcher went to the hospital after committing suicide, but decided to leave
- The security company claimed that his guard “tripped” and did not take her
A mother whose head was split open after she ‘crashed’ into the ground by a security guard in a hospital parking lot is demanding $ 786,770 in damages.
53-year-old Toni Burcher walked out of Logan Hospital, south of Brisbane, to her car with husband Robert Cowling on May 5, 2017, when she was confronted by security guard Luke Bailey.
Camera footage shows Mister Bailey approaching the couple and blocking Ms. Burcher, who has a mental illness.
The video then shows that he seems to be tackling her and they both fall to the floor.
Ms. Burcher has sued Mr. Bailey, his fellow security guard Lynda Hadley, their employer MSS Security and the Metro South Hospital and Health Service hospital.
Ms. Burcher claims she has a mental injury and is scarred from the incident, the Courier post reported.
Security footage showed when a mentally ill mother was attacked on the ground by a hospital security guard and prompted her to subpoena the officers involved.
Mrs. Burcher’s head hit the ground and slit a six-inch cut, which required three staples and startled her.
She claimed that Mr. Bailey was once on the floor, pulling out parts of her hair and sticking her head into the ground as she struggled.
After trying to help his struggling wife, Mr. Cowling claimed that Mr. Bailey had attacked him and pushed him to the ground while Mrs. Hadley was holding his wife.
She filed a $ 786,770 claim with the Supreme Court for psychological damage and a series of injuries
Ms Burcher told it earlier ABC news she was taken to the hospital after attempting suicide, but decided to leave after being upset when staff asked her inappropriate questions about the suicide method she had been using.
“I don’t think she was treated well at all,” said Mr. Cowling.
“I wanted to get her out of there, the staff stressed her. I wanted to take her to the QEII [hospital] where I know she would be treated better. ‘
In her allegation, Ms. Burcher said that she had been “falsely imprisoned” by MSS security agents, while she was trapped and dressed in nothing but a blanket and her underwear.
MSS Security previously conducted an internal review, claiming that their officers had not used excessive force, and in another Supreme Court case, Bailey said he “stumbled.”
Following the incident, Queensland police conducted their own investigation, but said they had found no evidence that the security guard’s actions were excessive.
Ms. Burcher said she hoped that her legal endeavors would lead to better treatment for people with mental illness in the future. Pictured is the Logan Hospital in Queensland
In court documents, Mr. Bailey claimed that Mrs. Burcher beat his colleague Mrs. Hadley with a bloody hand.
But Mr. Cowling claimed that his wife thought she had been spat on by the security guards and did not know it was her own blood.
“Toni put her fingers in the spit and wiped it with three fingers on the guard’s left cheek, saying in her head,” Take your (spit) back, “said Mr. Cowling.
Ms. Burcher said she hoped that her legal endeavors would lead to better treatment for people with mental illness in the future.