According to NBC12, families of 20 former patients at Cumberland Children’s Hospital in New Kent County filed a $127 million lawsuit.
The civil lawsuit consists of nine counts, including sexual and physical abuse over 12 years. NBC12 highlights the lawsuit states:
Abuse Guardian highlights the complaints into the fraudulent scheme and sexual and physical abuse.
According to the families’ lawsuit, the former medical director inappropriately touched young female patients genitalia as young at 12-years-old during medical exams. Additionally, employees and other patients physically harmed other residents. These acts resulted in PTSD, embarrassment, depression, sleep disorders, bodily injuries, long-term pain and suffering, and more. The lawsuit identifies 20 victims who reside in 12 different states: Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Virginia.
The lawsuits names Cumberland Hospital for Children and Adolescents, UHS, two physicians, Herschel Harden and Daniel Davidow, a pediatrician from 1996-2020, the hospital’s medical director. Harden was indicted for his sex crimes in February.
Attorney Contributor Kevin Biniazan experienced malpractice, and sex abuse lawyer represents victims abused at a medical facility. In an interview, we asked Kevin to highlight the legal rights of victims abused by doctors.
“Across the country, we have seen cases on medical staffs exploiting their patient’s vulnerability, trust, and respect. Patients inherently trust their doctors and expect that medical staff to carry themselves professionally. Unfortunately, some medical staff abuse their positions of power and take advantage of their patients. In civil lawsuits, the justice system helps patients get justice and ensures the medical facility is held accountable for their malpractice and abuse.”
“Medical facilities have a legal obligation to uphold the safety of their patients. Sexual misconduct by medical staff is often a result of negligence on behalf of the medical facility. For example, if prior complaints were filed against staff, but there was not a proper investigation. In cases of negligence, a medical facility may be found liable. Victims of sexual abuse at a medical facility should consult an experienced sex abuse lawyer to learn more about their legal rights.”
“Additionally, malpractice at a medical facility is sometimes the result of negligence on behalf of the facility. Medical professionals cannot perform procedures or hold patients in a facility without their patients’ consent. Medical professionals are required to share updates to a patient’s records and cannot fabricate a patient’s medical record. In cases where a medical professional goes against custom, they may be considered liable in a court of law, making them responsible for damages. In negligence and malpractice cases, victims may have grounds to file a lawsuit and receive compensation for their abuse. These victims should contact an experienced malpractice lawyer to explore their legal options.”