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Verdicts and Settlements

M. W. v Backus Hospital et al

Client was a mental health patient at hospital and cared for by phsychptherapist who engaged her in a sexual relationship. Though consensual in the sense that she was an adult and was not forced, the imbalance of the power relationship between the two and the prohibition against doctor patient relationships, particularly during active treatment prevailed. The patitent was married at the time and she wound up divorced and estranged from her family for a time. Her depression was also worsened and she unsuccessfully attempted suicide as a result of the fallout from the events.

Bottom line was she went to a partial hospitalization program for help and stability and was harmed for the personal gratification of the involved doctor. The hospital's insurer paid a settlement as did the Doctor's carrier. As a condition of settlement it was insisted that the doctor contribute towards the settlement amount out of his own pocket. He also surrendered his license to practice.( New London Superior Court 2008).

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