The Nantes administrative court ordered the city's university hospital to compensate the family of a teenage girl who committed suicide in 2014, two days after denouncing a sexual assault when she was hospitalized in psychiatry, up to 128,000 euros.
"The faults committed by the Saint-Jacques hospital are directly at the origin of the death of the young girl" and "the Nantes University Hospital must be ordered to compensate all the damages resulting from this death", can we read in the judgment dated Wednesday.
The 15-year-old girl had been hospitalized since July 2014 at Saint-Jacques hospital, which depends on the CHU, due to eating disorders.
She had already made two suicide attempts in June 2014. She committed suicide on December 8, 2014, two days after filing a complaint for a sexual assault that occurred on December 6, 2014 in the establishment's grounds during the event. a walk she took alone.
Lack of supervision
The complaint had "been dismissed because of the impossible identification of the author of the alleged facts", indicates the judgment.
The administrative court considered that the lack of supervision of the teenager when she left the park "is not indicative of a fault in the organization of the service likely to engage the responsibility of the Nantes University Hospital".
On the other hand, the fact that she could have committed suicide two days later by hanging with a belt in her room "reveals a failure in the surveillance and a fault in the organization of the service", we can read in the judgment. The family (parents, brothers, half-brothers and grandparents) claimed 325,000 euros in compensation.