TribLIVE

| News


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Lawsuit against Washington Co. hospital dismissed

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Daily Photo Galleries

Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 6:30 p.m.
 

A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit that claimed Monongahela Valley Hospital in Washington County failed to protect a 14-year-old girl from a 2009 sexual assault while she was in the hospital's custody.

The girl's parents failed to find an attorney to represent them, the judge said.

The Chesapeake, Va., couple was represented by attorneys when they filed the lawsuit in August 2011, but withdrew a year later, saying in court documents that they and their clients couldn't agree on how to proceed. The hospital, in court documents, has denied liability for the assault.

U.S. District Judge Cathy Bissoon said in her order that she informed the girl's mother at an August 2012 status conference that she couldn't proceed without an attorney because federal courts don't allow parents to represent their children in court unless the parents are also attorneys. The mother failed to respond to several messages left by Bissoon's staff, the judge said.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Liriano strikes out 12, leads Pirates past Mets
  2. Hinderliter sets personal best while winning PIAA gold in javelin
  3. Women’s walk across Koreas’ DMZ denied; they cross by bus
  4. Cleveland protests of officer’s acquittal mostly peaceful
  5. Flash floods in Texas, Oklahoma kill 2; hundreds of homes gone
  6. Montoya passes Power on final lap to win Indy 500
  7. Pirates notebook: Substance rule a sticky subject
  8. Ex-Baldwin, Pitt star Pinkston not giving up on NFL dream
  9. After bruising safety crisis, U.S. car watchdog shows its bite
  10. Unquestionable courage & sacrifice
  11. Man shot while driving through Liberty Tunnel