Rape Victims Get $11mil For “Doctor Error”

The Time’s Union brings us an interesting little tidbit, today.  Ripped straight from the headlines of our local paper:

Two teenage sisters have won an $11 million negligence lawsuit against a prominent Saranac Lake pediatrician they say failed to take steps to prevent repeated sexual assaults by their half-brother when they were children.

The eight-member jury found Dr. Patricia Monroe and Adirondack Internal Medicine and Pediatric liable in a civil trial before Senior Judge Lawrence Kahn in U.S. District Court.

Monroe, who works at the medical group, is also director of pediatrics at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake, which was not accused of any wrongdoing.

The older sister will receive $6 million, the younger sister $5 million, stated a news release issued by Albany attorneys Pamela Nichols and Stephen Coffey, who represented the sisters.

He noted the victims were “never offered a dime” to the settle the case.

Speaking for both himself and Nichols, Coffey said, “As a parent, this is the most horrific nightmare that any child can endure.”

The series of events were described as follows:

In August 2000, the victims’ mother called Monroe, suspicious one of her daughters was being fondled by her half-brother. While the children were initially away, the doctor examined the daughter in September for a sore threat – yet never asked about the reported abuse.

The mother, who examined the child again in October, asked that the half-brother and victim be separated. But police were not aware of the rape and sodomy of the girls, then ages 8 and 9, until February 2001.

The lawsuit, which dates several years, was tossed by the judge at one point.

Monroe could not be immediately reached.

Okay, let’s go over this step by step. 

First of all, I’ve been raped more than once.  Will someone please get me $11million? I certainly deserve it, being a broke ass white girl.

I mean, that’s an oxymoron in and of itself, according to America’s stereotypes.  White girls are never supposed to be broke! Someone needs to pay me for my hardship! You best believe that!

But since I’m pretty sure no one’s going to jump to my aid, we’ll move on.

I’m really confused about the whole eight member jury thing.  I thought juries were supposed to have twelve members? Maybe the doc would have won if she’d been allowed her other four members? I think that’s grounds for appeal right there! (And yes, this is said tongue-in-cheek.)

The girls’ lawyer said neither girls were offered a dime in settlement.  And he sounds almost surprised.  But to be honest? I’m not.  Who on Earth thought anyone would win a lawsuit like this?

Let’s look at what is said to have happened again, shall we:

In August 2000, the victims’ mother called Monroe, suspicious one of her daughters was being fondled by her half-brother. While the children were initially away, the doctor examined the daughter in September for a sore threat – yet never asked about the reported abuse.

The mother, who examined the child again in October, asked that the half-brother and victim be separated. But police were not aware of the rape and sodomy of the girls, then ages 8 and 9, until February 2001.

So basically, the mother of the girls thought their brother was molesting them.  Instead of calling the police, she called the doctor.  She called the doctor while the girls were not free to be examined, no less.

When the girls were finally examined, the doctor didn’t ask about the abuse.

I probably wouldn’t have either, to be honest.  I would have expected the mother to have handled the situation by then! She’s the girls’ mother! Why isn’t she protecting them?

The mother allowed the abuse to go on.  Never once reported it to the police until a month later.

But the doctor’s liable? Not just liable.  Eleven million dollars worth of liable?

Basically what we’ve got here, ladies and gentlemen, is a jury full of people too chicken to tell this sorry excuse of a parent that she dropped the ball.

Because that’s what happened here.  The mother dropped the ball.

The background circumstances really don’t matter.  She should have stood up for her daughters.   The mother should have talked to the girls, phoned the police, done something other than pass the buck on to someone else.

Since when is it everyone else’s responsibility to care for, protect and raise the children we gave birth to? And whatever happened to a mother’s instinct to protect her children? Viciously, if necessary?

This woman sat back and expected someone else to handle her business.

And to add insult to injury? A jury in Albany was so stupid that they bought the liability suit.  They’re making this doctor pay out the ass for something the mother didn’t handle correctly.  Un-fucking-believable.

If I sound outraged? It’s because I am.  I know you’re not this stupid, New York.  How bout we start acting like it, eh?

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