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Johnson v. Alameda County Medical Center, A131133

In a case in which a woman involuntarily committed to a county mental institution was assaulted by a fellow patient and sued the institution and several of its employees for negligence, the trial court's grant of summary judgment to the defendants on the basis of statutory immunity is affirmed, where: 1) general immunity under Government Code section 854.8 was triggered by the undisputed facts that the defendant medical center was a public entity and that the plaintiff was injured by a patient of a mental institution while she herself was an inpatient of that institution; 2) the defendants demonstrated that no evidence supported invocation of an exception to immunity; and 3) further discovery on the issue was properly denied.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 04/25/2012
  • Published 04/25/2012

Judges

  • Sepulveda

Court

  • California Court of Appeal

Counsel

  • For Appellant:
  • Douglas Fladseth, Boornazian, Jensen & Garthe