Nurse seeks damages over attack burns

PUBLISHED : Friday, 15 October, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 15 October, 1999, 12:00am

A psychiatric nurse who says he was burned as he rushed to save people from a patient splashing a bottle of corrosive liquid is suing the Hospital Authority.

The burns to 22 per cent of Wong Wai-ming's body left him with scars on his face, neck, trunk, arms and left ankle, a High Court writ says.

Mr Wong is suing the authority for unspecified damages for exposing him to risk at the Yung Fung Shee psychiatric centre in Kowloon.

He has not been able to resume work since the October 23, 1996, incident, the writ says.

Mr Wong was working in the waiting hall when a dispute broke out between a patient and a staff member.

The patient suddenly took out a bottle of corrosive liquid and began splashing the liquid on people, the writ says.

Mr Wong says he rushed to warn and disperse the crowd. The woman allegedly splashed the liquid on him.

The Hospital Authority was blamed for exposing Mr Wong to danger.


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