Patient Sues Florida Hospital for Sexual Misconduct of Worker
A patient, who alleges an employee at Venice Regional Medical Center groped her, is suing the hospital, claiming that administrators knew the worker had a past history of sexual misconduct, but kept him employed anyway.
The employee worked at the hospital from 2008 to 2010 and was responsible for transporting sedated patients back and forth between their rooms and the hospital’s radiology unit.
The 67-year-old woman claims that in April of 2010, the hospital employee tried to kiss her, grabbed her breasts, and made sexually suggestive comments to her.
According to the Miami Herald-Tribune, police records indicate the employee had been accused of sexual misconduct with hospital patients on two other occasions between 2008 and 2009 before the alleged incident named in the lawsuit took place. The worker was accused of sexual misconduct with a patient again in July of 2010.
The patient who filed the suit didn’t report the misconduct at the time it happened. Her attorney said she didn’t tell authorities about it because she was ill at the time and was focusing on recovery.
The hospital employee was fired in 2010. Last year, he pled guilty to lewd and lascivious behavior and was sentenced to two years in prison.
The woman’s attorney told the Herald-Tribune that the incident, which jeopardized patient safety, has had a significant emotional impact on his client.
“You go into a hospital for care and treatment and you don’t expect anything like this to happen,” he said.
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