- Associated Press - Monday, September 21, 2015

BANGOR, Maine (AP) - An Augusta woman is seeking to have the state held responsible for injuries she sustained in 2013 when a mental patient stabbed her.

An attorney for 28-year-old Jamie Hill-Spotswood filed the lawsuit in Bangor federal court against officials with the Riverview Psychiatric Center.

Hill-Spotswood said she told the hospital she was pregnant and felt unsafe since her floor had violent patients and there was no security on her floor.

A judge dismissed the lawsuit in January saying her attacker created the danger - not the state.

The Kennebec Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1MCb7JP ) oral arguments began for her appeal of that dismissal last week in Boston. Her attorney says she has “lifelong, chronic, post-traumatic stress disorder” and “emotional harm” from the attack.

Appeals court rulings can come weeks after oral arguments.

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Information from: Kennebec Journal, https://www.kjonline.com/

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