Working for Survivors of Doctor and Other Medical Professional Abuse
Doctors, nurses, and other staff many times have unsupervised interaction with children. Similar to teachers, coaches, and clergy, they have a duty to protect the children that are under their care. Sometimes these medical professionals use their position and access to harm the very individuals that are under their care.
We Hold Doctors, Nurses and Staff Accountable for Sexual Abuse of Children
One such case hospital sexual abuse case was Dr. George Reardon, a physician at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, who sexually abused hundreds of children in the hospital during his growth study examinations. Approximately 60,000 pornographic images of children were found in the wall of his former home. This case is extremely significant not only due to the number of images and victims, but also because of the decision of Connecticut's Supreme Court.
On July 16, 2013, Connecticut's highest court released the landmark decision of Tim Doe v. St. Francis Hospital. Tim Doe was sexually abused from 1968-1972, as a boy, by Dr. George Reardon, a physician at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford. We filed a lawsuit on behalf of Tim and we tried the case in 2011 to a jury which awarded Tim $2.75 million against the hospital. Tim's joy was short lived as the hospital filed an appeal. However, after waiting almost two years, Tim's victory was affirmed by the Supreme Court.
This Supreme Court decision is significant not only for Tim but for all people who have been sexually abused. In the decision, the court found that any employer, including a hospital, can be held responsible where one of its employees sexually abuses a child and the employer should have known what was going on. In addition, the court affirmed that when a company, a school, a church or anyone else has custody of a child, that it must take steps to protect the child from harm. It is not enough for the employer to say, "I did not know my employee was sexually abusing children." Steps have to be taken by the employer to protect that child.
We could not be happier about the decision as it brings added protection to children to prevent them from being sexually abused. Twenty years ago, Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney P.C. became one of the first firms in Connecticut to represent victims of sexual abuse and since that time, we have represented well over 100 victims. By taking Tim's case all the way to the Supreme Court and prevailing, we continue to be a leader in the field of representing victims. However, we are also making the world safer for all of our children.