New Kent children’s hospital faces $127M lawsuit; 20 former patients accuse doctors, staff of sexual, physical assault

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By Emily Holter

Cumberland Children’s Hospital in New Kent faces a $127 million lawsuit after 20 former patients and their families came forward alleging years of sexual and physical abuse. The personal injury law firm, Breit Cantor Grana Buckner, filed the nine-count lawsuit in Richmond’s Circuit Court on Tuesday.

The hospital is a residential treatment center for people between the ages of 2 and 22 with medical and behavioral diagnoses including brain injury, chronic illness and neurobehavioral issues.

The suit accuses the hospital, Medical Director Daniel Davidow and Hospital Psychotherapist Herschel Harden of assault and battery, negligence, false imprisonment, fraud and reckless disregard as well as violations against state-mandated child protection rights.

As a result, the firm is seeking $127 million in compensation and punitive damages for bodily injuries resulting in physical pain, disfigurement and mental anguish as well as any future lost earnings and medical expenses.

“These defendants can never undo the harm they’ve caused to our clients, but this lawsuit seeks accountability and financial recovery that we hope will, in some way, make up for what they’ve suffered,” Attorney Kevin Biniazan said.

According to the 69-page complaint, the 20 former Cumberland Children’s Hospital patients experienced sexual abuse and physical abuse from both physicians, staff and other residents.

Among the abuses, the civil lawsuit states:

  • 12 of the 20 alleged victims reported non-consensual and unwanted touching.
  • Davidow placed his hands beneath the undergarments of female patients 12 years and older and sexually abused them by intentionally touching their intimate parts.
  • Employees and fellow patients physically assaulted other residents resulting in long-term physical and mental pain resulting in PTSD, depression, sleep disorders and bodily injuries.
  • Roommates and other patients sexually abused younger, weaker plaintiffs after hours, entering the alleged victims’ rooms without intervention from staff. When they called for help, the staff did not respond.
  • Allegations of an employee scalding a patient with hot water and locking patients in rooms without access to bathrooms.

Read more at: https://www.dailypress.com/tidewater-review/va-tr-nk-cumberland-hospital-lawsuit-1020-20201020-nyccunzq35br3porxl2g6p56lq-story.html

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