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Williams v. New York, 77

In a case in which a voluntary patient of a state-run psychiatric center left the facility without consent and then nearly two years later assaulted and injured the plaintiff, the Appellate Division's judgment finding the state liable is reversed, where the causal connection between the hospital staff's alleged negligence and the former patient's attack on the plaintiff was too attenuated and speculative to support liability, given the length of time between the alleged negligence and the harm.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 04/26/2012
  • Published 04/26/2012



  • Court of Appeals of New York


  • For Appellant:
  • Cecelia C. Chang, William A. Simon

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