Hospital faces civil lawsuit for alleged sexual abuse

Plaintiffs are filing a civil lawsuit against Cumberland Hospital for sexual abuse.

Twenty former patients at Cumberland Hospital for Children and Adolescents in New Kent County have filed a civil lawsuit in the Richmond Circuit Court seeking $ 127 million in damages and seeking sexual abuse, physical assault and attempted public and state health officials fooled, claimed. Plaintiffs’ attorneys allege the former medical director “inappropriately touched young patients during routine medical examinations”. The hospital is also charged with “allowing staff and fellow patients to physically beat or sexually abuse other residents.” The abuse occurred over a period of twelve years.

The Cumberland Hospital for Children and Adolescents is an inpatient treatment center and hospital with around 110 beds. According to the civil action, “Cumberland is a Pennsylvania-based subsidiary of Universal Health Services Inc. (UHS) that owns behavioral health facilities and acute hospitals in the United States, including several in Virginia.” The hospital is expanding its services “to include children and young adults with complex behavioral problems.” , Eating disorders, diabetes, chronic diseases, neurological behavior problems and brain injuries “.

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The victims of the litigation are between 10 and 26 years old and live in 13 statistics. The complaint suggests that they have suffered “including long-term pain, PTSD, humiliation, depression, insomnia, and bodily harm”. The defendants include Cumberland Hospital, UHS, Dr. Daniel N. Davidow of Henrico County, the hospital’s former medical director; and Herschel C. Harden III, a former psychotherapist.

“The defendants operated an unsafe facility where patients, including the plaintiffs, were exposed to constant threats to their basic safety, with no basic sanitation or humanity,” the plaintiffs continued. “The defendants were insufficiently staffed to reduce and maximize costs.” Profits. “From 2006 to 2016, the lawsuit read:” UHS-owned and operated facilities have been cited or investigated about 90 times for insufficient staff violations, including Cumberland Hospital on at least one occasion. “

The civil lawsuit also states: “UHS and Cumberland did not have enough staff to oversee the operation and therefore could not protect the health and safety of patients. Eleven patients reported that Davidow had sexually abused them in a similar manner … A graduate student who worked in Cumberland in 2017 told New Kent County Social Services that five patients in Cumberland had been sexually abused by Davidow. “

“We heard from children and parents that Dr. Davidow, if there was no parent or other lawyer in the room, would say he needed to feel the patients’ femoral pulse, which is located on their upper inner thighs, and he did so with the knowledge of some staff, ”said Kevin Biniazan, an attorney the plaintiff. “DR. Davidow then put his hands under the patients’ underwear and sexually abused them by deliberately touching their intimate parts. Our pediatric experts say it is completely unnecessary to check a girl’s femoral pulse. We were also told that Dr. Davidow only checked the impulses of male patients on their wrists. “

The Virginia State Police are conducting a criminal investigation and a grand jury has indicted Harden on two cases of violent sexual penetration of objects, according to court records. He is due to be tried in February 2021.

“According to our plaintiffs’ testimony, Cumberland Hospital, UHS, Dr. Davidow and Mr. Harden have made gains in patient health and safety, robbed vulnerable young girls of their innocence, and potentially lifelong mental harm,” said Biniazan said. “These defendants can never undo the damage they have done to our customers, but this lawsuit is aimed at accountability and a financial recovery that we hope will in some way make up for what they have suffered.”


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