THE NOTICE OF CLAIM IN THIS CHILD VICTIMS ACT LAWSUIT AGAINST THE STATE ALLEGING SEXUAL ABUSE AT A PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL SUFFICIENTLY DESCRIBED THE TIME PERIOD WHEN THE ABUSE ALLEGEDLY TOOK PLACE; THE ACTION SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN DISMISSED (SECOND DEPT).
The Second Department, reversing the Court of Claims in this Child Victims Act action, determined that the notice of claim sufficiently described when the alleged sexual abuse took place at the state’s psychiatric center:
The claimant commenced this claim against the State of New York to recover damages resulting from alleged acts of sexual assault committed against her, beginning when she was 15 years old, by an employee of Sagamore Children’s Psychiatric Center (hereinafter Sagamore). * * *
… [T]he claim was sufficiently specific to satisfy the pleading requirements of Court of Claims Act § 11(b). The claim alleged negligent hiring, training, and supervision of an employee who had subjected the claimant to multiple sexual assaults at Sagamore between June 5, 2013, and September 16, 2013—a period of approximately three months—while the claimant was a patient at Sagamore. This was sufficiently specific to enable the State to investigate the claim promptly and ascertain its liability … . D. G. v State of New York, 2023 NY Slip Op 01183, Second Dept 3-8-23
Practice Point: Here the notice of claim sufficiently described the three-month time-frame when the alleged sexual abuse of the plaintiff took place at a state psychiatric hospital, The Child Victims Act lawsuit should not have been dismissed.
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