LifeCare Hospital Employee Charged With Sexual Assault
On October 20, detectives in Wilkinsburg arrested and charged a male employee from LifeCare Hospital with the sexual assault of one patient and indecent assault of another. 56-year-old Adesile Solowan has been charged with rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, and institutional sexual assault for the first case. In the second chase, he has been charged with unlawful restraint and indecent assault of another patient.
In the first case, a female patient told investigators that Solowan, who was working as a nurse’s aide, repeatedly raped her after she was given prescribed sleeping aids by a female nurse. She says Solowan would frequently enter her hospital room and lock the door before forcing himself on her.
In the second complaint, a different female patient told detectives that Solowan snuck inter her room and touched her inappropriately underneath her clothing. She also said that she tried to leave the room and that Solowan attempted to block her in, but that he left after she made noise.
Are Hospitals Liable For Sexual Assaults of Their Patients?
Brian Kent is an attorney contributor from AbuseGuardian.com, who specializes in helping survivors of sexual violence find justice. Here are a few of his thoughts on the legal options available to those who have been sexually assaulted in hospitals and other medical facilities:
For obvious reasons, safety needs to be a top priority in any hospital or healthcare facility. But unfortunately, sometimes sexual assaults and other crimes occur in these facilities – with perpetrators including both employees and other patients. When these crimes occur in hospitals, the victims and their families have legal rights. In cases involving negligence on the part of the hospital, these victims may have grounds for a lawsuit.
In some cases of sexual assault in medical facilities, the facility itself may be partially liable for enabling the assault. Some examples of such negligence may include failing to run a background check before hiring a new employee with a history of sexual assault or failing to report previous complaints of sexual misconduct, allowing the accused to continue working with patients.
If you or someone you love has been sexually assaulted at a hospital or another healthcare facility, you can better understand your legal options by speaking to an experienced sexual assault survivors lawyer.