BRIDGEPORT, Conn., Jan. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- A victim of sexual assault while a patient at St. Vincent's Medical Center has filed a lawsuit claiming the hospital knew that a male nursing assistant was a dangerous serial sexual predator.
The lawsuit, asserting that the hospital was negligent and reckless in putting vulnerable patients at risk, was filed today in Bridgeport Superior Court on behalf of the victim and his wife.
"This is not only egregiously reckless and irresponsible behavior on the part of the hospital, it is clear medical malpractice," said Atty. Antonio Ponvert III, who is representing the Plaintiffs. "Victims and their spouses need to know they are protected by law against this type of hospital misconduct."
One other lawsuit has been filed as a result of the St. Vincent employee's assaults but this is the first to include letters from health care providers stating that they have a "good faith belief" that St. Vincent's was negligent in its care and treatment, a requirement for suing a health care provider under Connecticut law. This is also the first suit to assert claims on behalf of the victim's spouse.
"St. Vincent's hospital betrayed the trust of its patient, it betrayed the trust of its patient's wife, and it betrayed the trust of every vulnerable person in the hospital whom it allowed to be exposed to a sexual predator passing as a nurse's aide," Ponvert said.
Among the incidents recounted in the lawsuit are the 2013 rape of a male patient who was too ill to defend himself as well as the 2014 assault of another male patient who was heavily medicated. After the victim of that assault reported the St. Vincent employee to hospital officials, St. Vincent's allowed the nursing aide to continue working at the hospital where he then assaulted the patient named in this lawsuit.
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