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Monday, February 2, 2015

Hospital Sued by Patient After Alleged Rape By Nurse

Can an Employer Be Held Responsible for Failing to Perform a Background Check on an Employee?

If you find yourself admitted to a hospital, you expect that the medical staff will be caring for you rather than harming you. That was not the case according to one woman who is suing The Medical Center of Plano.

Debe Castro alleges that her nurse, Wilson Karago, raped her while she was recovering from a surgical procedure. Karago gave Castro her prescribed nighttime medications, which included Ambien, and then returned to her room several hours later and assaulted her. Karago has been indicted for felony sexual assault, but he left the country before police could arrest him. It is believed that Karago returned to Kenya, where he has lived for most of his life.
Represented by Mike Sawicki, Castro is suing The Medical Center of Plano for failing to protect her. Specifically, Castro asserts that the hospital failed to perform an adequate background check when it hired Karago. There were several troubling allegations surrounding Karago that should have been easily discovered and prevented him from being hired by the Texas hospital, according to Castro.

While working at a hospital in Indiana, Karago was accused of poisoning his infant daughter with insulin. The six-month-old baby was admitted to the hospital where Karago and the baby's mother worked. The Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) took custody of the infant, but she was ultimately reunited with her mother. Karago, rather than cooperating with the DCS investigation, moved to Texas and lost custody of his daughter. About two months prior to the insulin poisoning, Karago and his daughter were rescued from an icy river; Karago had driven his car into the river, claiming he blacked out before the crash. Before fleeing the United States altogether, Karago had more than one paternity suit filed against him and failed to pay child support for at least two children.

In addition to Castro's assertion that The Medical Center of Plano failed to perform a sufficient background check before hiring Karago, her lawsuit alleges other negligence against the hospital. Castro's contentions include that the hospital failed to hire proper security and should not have allowed a male employee to enter a female patient's room alone while she was partially sedated.

Dallas, Texas personal injury attorney Michael Sawicki represents clients in all types of sexual assault and personal injury cases. For a free consultation, call the Sawicki Law Firm today at (888) 468-8844.


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