After a series of suicide attempts with psychiatric assessments in between each of them, 16-year old K.W. was admitted to the inpatient psychiatric unit of the Chilrenâ€™s Hospital of Colorado. K.W. was to be treated for depression and suicidal ideation and was placed on the â€œhigh suicidal precautionsâ€ list. According to hospital policy, individuals on the aforementioned list were required to be in sight of staff at all times, except for in the bathroom. However, staff were to stand in the vicinity and check on the patient at least every thirty seconds when a â€œhigh suicidal precautionsâ€ patient was using the bathroom.
Staff allowed K.W. to use the bathroom at 9:55 P.M. At 10:15 P.M., staff found that the unattended K.W. had hung himself using his scrub pants. The hospital staff attempted to resuscitate K.W. and was successful in restoring his pulse. They were not successful in restoring his mind.
His son K.W. in a minimally brain conscious state, P.W. sued the hospital for negligence. The hospital asserted that K.W. was comparatively negligent in the damage caused to him. The district court rejected that argument, ruling for P.W., and the hospital appealed. Do you think the comparative negligence defense holds in this case? [PW v. Childrenâ€™s Hosp. Colorado, 364 P. 3d 891 (2016).]