Former Children’s Hospital Boston pediatrician Dr. Melvine Levine is the defendant of a class action complaint accusing him of Boston medical malpractice and Massachusetts child sex abuse. The lawsuit blames the hospital for failing to properly supervise him during 40 cases over two decades and of knowing (or that it should have known) that Levine was not fit to treat minor boy patients or care for them without supervision. The hospital has denied the allegations and notes that the pediatrician has not practiced there for a quarter of a century. This is not the first lawsuit accusing Levine of medical negligence and child sex abuse. In 2009, he agreed to give up practicing medicine permanently.
This latest Boston sex abuse complaint, however, seeks to represent all the kids that Levine examined between 1966 through 1985, which includes about 5,000 boys. He allegedly performed unnecessary genital exams on patients.
Boston Sex Abuse as Massachusetts Medical Malpractice
Sexual abuse is a crime that causes serious physical, emotional, and psychological injury to adults and children. If you or someone you love has been the victim of sexual abuse, you may have grounds for a Boston injury lawsuit against your assailant and/or the party that allowed the abuse to happen. If your abuser is a medical professional, you also may have reason to sue for Boston medical malpractice.
A physician or another medical professional that uses his/her relationship to molest, sexually assault, or rape a patient is providing that patient with damaging and negligent medical care.
Former Children’s Hospital Boston Pediatrician Is Sued For Sexual Abuse And Medical Malpractice, Boston Injury Lawyer Blog, March 31, 2008
Suit: Doc molested 30 patients at Children’s Hospital, Boston Herald, February 17, 2011
Sex abuse allegations widen against former Children’s Hospital doctor, Boston.com, February 17, 2011
Related Web Resources:
Children’s Hospital Boston
Child Sex Abuse, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
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