The Cumberland Hospital Sexual Abuse & Battery Lawsuit: What You Should Know

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Cumberland Hospital for Children and Adolescents Sexual Abuse and Battery Lawsuit

Cumberland Hospital, owned by United Health Systems and located in New Kent County, is a residential center that treats mostly adolescents with neurobehavioral issues, brain trauma, and other chronic health conditions.

In October 2020, our attorneys filed a multi-count civil lawsuit on behalf of 20 plaintiffs against Cumberland Hospital alleging assault and battery, negligence, fraud, reckless disregard, and violations of Virginia’s Consumer Protection Act. This initial lawsuit for $127 million has grown to include 18 additional plaintiffs, the majority of whom were young female patients.

Our initial civil lawsuit was filed against the facility itself, the former medical director Dr. Davidow, and former psychotherapist Herschel Harden. The filing cited negligence, assault, battery, child’s rights violations, and other crimes.

You may have seen some of the in-depth news investigation into allegations of abuse and battery at the Cumberland Children’s Hospital for Children and Adolescents. As CBS 6 Problem Solvers reported in October 2021, there have been documented incidents of Cumberland Hospital violating its own seclusion protocol well after the hospital was first placed under criminal investigation in October 2017.

Former patients of the residential treatment center allege they were sexually abused by Dr. Davidow who would perform unnecessary “femoral pulse checks” to fondle the victim’s intimate body parts. In fact, more than half of the 20 plaintiffs allege non-consensual touching. The allegations against Dr. Harden include inflicting bodily injuries on patients.

In addition to the complaints against the physicians, the hospital is accused of not maintaining adequate staff to prevent residents from being victimized, whether on behalf of employees or other patients. The facility is also facing claims that it purposely kept patients longer than necessary in order to maximize revenue.

Our legal team is comprised of experienced attorneys who have dedicated their legal practice to representing survivors of abuse, both physical and sexual. If you or a loved one have suffered sexual abuse or battery at Cumberland Hospital, or while under the care of Dr. Davidow, Breit Biniazan can help.

We plan to hold Cumberland Hospital and its physicians responsible for their abuses, so if you’ve been impacted by their actions, contact us today.

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Contact Breit Biniazan to Explore Your Legal Options

If you or a loved one has survived sexual or physical abuse or other human rights violations from Cumberland Hospital or Drs. Harden and Davidow, the experienced attorneys at Breit Biniazan can help you explore your legal options. 

Contact our office for more information or to get advice on your legal options—give us a call at 855-212-8200.

What Is Cumberland Hospital Charged With?

  • Charges that Dr. Davidow inappropriately touched at least 12 minor female patients during their admissions examinations.
  • Charges that Cumberland Hospital misrepresented the caliber of care it provided and the training of its staff, leading to unsafe and unhealthy conditions for its patients.
  • Charges that Dr. Davidow, Dr. Harden, Cumberland Hospital, and UHS, each sought to maximize corporate profits by keeping patients beyond their treatment times, attempting to provide unauthorized services, and promoting and maintaining inadequate staffing that threatened patient safety.

These plaintiffs are seeking about $228 million in damages, or a total of $6 million apiece, for bodily injuries, medical expenses, emotional distress, disfigurement, and future lost earnings. These plaintiffs deserve to have their voices heard, and Breit Biniazan is committed to achieving justice for each of these victims—as well as any who may not yet have disclosed the abuses they’ve suffered.

Who Are the Cumberland Hospital Plaintiffs?

The plaintiffs in this lawsuit are 38 individuals who have alleged sexual abuse and battery over a period ranging from 2008 to 2020. The defendants are Cumberland Hospital, its owner (Universal Health Services), and two individual physicians: psychotherapist Herschel Harden and pediatrician and former medical director Daniel Davidow.

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