Sexually molested patient wins case against hospital

Her attacker was drunk and should not have been placed with others

A woman patient who was sexually molested in a hospital ward by an intoxicated man has won $270,000 in damages after the hospital was found to be liable for the assault.

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The judge found the 23-year-old had suffered post-traumatic stress as a result of the attack, which took place in the early hours of the morning.

Her assailant, who was also a patient, had been abusive soon after being admitted. The judge found he should not have been placed in the same ward as other patients as the “warning signs were obvious”.