|G v Auckland Hospital Board|
|Court||High Court of New Zealand|
|Full case name||G v Auckland Hospital Board|
|Decided||28 November 1975|
|Citation(s)|| 1 NZLR 638|
|Judge(s) sitting||Henry J|
G was raped by an employee of Auckland Hospital whilst she was a patient, and subsequently sued the hospital for damages for the rape.
The hospital defended the claim saying that such a claim was barred under section 5 of the Accident Compensation Act 1972.
G countered that the actions of the staff member were clearly deliberate, and so could not be referred to as an accident.
The court ruled that the true test was to look at the event from the victim's view, not the other party's view. That being the case, the rape was an accident under the Act, making a damages claim barred under section 5.
Footnote: The date that the offending occurred, 2 April 1974, was unfortunate as it was only 1 day after the Accident Compensation Act  came into force. Had it happened before this date, her claim would not have been legally barred.