Patient Safety | 09.19.23
Norwalk Hospital Sued By Woman Who Was Sexually Assaulted By Patient
A Fairfield, Conn., woman, who is being identified as "Jane Doe," recently filed a civil lawsuit against Norwalk Hospital and its parent company, Nuvance Health, in connection with a sexual assault she suffered while a patient under sedation at the facility. A 47-year-old suspect was arrested soon after the August 2020 attack in a treatment room at Norwalk Hospital and charged with first-degree sexual assault and providing a false statement. He remains in custody as he awaits trial. The accused, Rodney Daniels, allegedly gave Doe the sedative Ativan, which the lawsuit says is "known to impair memory, judgment and coordination." Daniels has an extensive criminal history and was on parole at the time. He was reportedly known to hospital staff from previous encounters. The lawsuit charges that even though he was "suspected to be mentally ill," he was still placed in the room next to the plaintiff and possibly high on PCP. "Jane Doe" is seeking an undisclosed amount in damages.