Are Hospitals Liable For Sexual Assaults of Patients?
Banville Law’s sex abuse survivors lawyers are proud to stand by survivors in their fight for answers, support, and justice. Our attorneys handle many cases involving the negligence of third parties who failed in their duty to prevent sexual abuse, such as hospitals, schools, and religious organizations. Here are some general thoughts on hospital liability for sexual assault:
Hospitals and other medical facilities have a legal duty to protect their patients from preventable dangers, including physical violence and sexual assault. If a hospital houses patients with psychiatric disorders or violent tendencies, it is doubly critical to make sure patients are supervised.
When one patient sexually assaults another in a medical facility, it’s important to determine if the facility met their legal duty to protect their patients. Some cases of patient-on-patient sexual assault may have been prevented if not for negligence by the facility, such as inadequate supervision.
If you or someone you love has been sexually assaulted in a hospital or healthcare facility, you can learn more about your family’s legal rights by speaking with an experienced sexual assault victims attorney.
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