Hospital liability for sexual assault of a patient by another patient

By wjmadden A B v Australian Capital Territory [2018] ACTSC 16 is an unusual decision in which a young female patient claimed against a hospital, having been the victim of a sexual assault by a male patient who had been placed in the same ward as her. At the time of his admission, the male patient had been abusive and apparently affected by alcohol and or drugs. The male patient had also had a ‘significant’ history of attendances at the hospital. He later pleaded guilty to a criminal charge in respect of the sexual assault (at [9]).
The trial judge held at [24] …read more

Source:: Bill Madden

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