Woman sues Connecticut psychiatrist alleging misconduct
Posted on behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Oct 22, 2013 in Doctor Errors
According to a recent news report, a Connecticut woman has brought a lawsuit against her Milford psychiatrist. Prior to the lawsuit, the doctor was fined $15,000 by the Connecticut Medical Examining Board as a result of a complaint by the same woman. The board ruled that the doctor had in fact inappropriately sent her text messages of a personal nature and called her 'sweetie." In the eyes of the board, his behavior was considered to be a violation of professional boundaries.
According to the lawsuit, she claims that, at first, the doctor appeared to be a great. Then, after a period of time, the man exhibited unacceptable behavior such as kissing her on the shoulder and stroking her hair, all while carrying on a cellphone conversation with his wife. She further claimed that he once made an attempt to force himself on her sexually.
The doctor has denied acting inappropriately with her or any other female patient. For the news article, he apparently stated that the medical board never had the chance to hear his side of the story. According to the doctor, in his opinion, the woman, is 'damaged" and 'unstable", and is retaliating against him. He alleges that the woman wanted him to supply her with drugs, and he refused. According to court documents, the woman was evaluated by a neutral psychiatrist. The psychiatrist determined that, in his opinion, she was telling the truth.
A psychiatrist is considered to have committed medical malpractice when the doctor has acted inappropriately with a patient by taking undue advantage of the patient's fragile emotional state. That behavior is said to include unwanted sexual advances. In such an instance, an attorney may be able to help the victim through an in-depth investigation of the surrounding facts. He or she may then be able to negotiate with insurance companies in order to receive compensation for the client.
Source: CT Post, "Woman sues Milford psychiatrist", Daniel Tepfer, October 11, 2013