Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Hospital sued over security after alleged parking lot sex assault

By Steve Green (contact)
Published Tue, Jun 9, 2009 (1:02 p.m.) Updated Tue, Jun 9, 2009 (6:17 p.m.)

Roy Trost , Sun Archives
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One of the two women allegedly sexually assaulted by a man in the parking lot of a Las Vegas hospital last year says security was inadequate there and has filed a lawsuit over the incident.
In her lawsuit, Jane Doe charges security -- provided by the hospital and an unnamed contracted security provider -- failed to prevent the attack.
"Defendant hospital ... owed a duty of care to its customers, patients and visitors to provide premises which were reasonably safe from criminal assaults by third persons," the lawsuit alleges.
"Defendant hospital knew or should have known that dangerous and criminal activity was taking place on and about the premises of defendant hospital and that criminal attacks upon the persons or property of customers, patients and visitors were foreseeable," the suit continued.


Dougoogle said...

What does this have to do with HIPAA?

HIPAA Security and Privacy said...

Physical security is a component of HIPAA. You are correct that this is not specifically mentioned in HIPAA, but I thought it was interesting.