PSYCHOLOGICAL TRAUMA


 
          Ashey v. New England Rehabilitation Hospital
          Cumberland County Maine Superior Court
          Portland, Maine

 

     Plaintiff Ashey sought damages from the Defendant

institution for psychological injuries suffered as a result of a

fall in an allegedly malfunctioning elevator.  In deposition,

expert testimony by Dr. Charles Robinson addressed the issue

of differentiating trauma caused by the alleged negligence from

the trauma inherent in the Plaintiff's longstanding quadriplegia

and his history of drug abuse.  The psychological meaning to the

Plaintiff of the injury occurring in a hospital where he sought

treatment was an important factor in bringing about a favorable

pretrial settlement. 

 

                              Plaintiff's Attorney:

 

                              James Mitchell, Esq.

                              Augusta, Maine

                              (207) 622-6339

 


 
          Morrison v. Carleton Woolen Mills
          United States District Court
          Bangor, Maine

 

     The jury found that Plaintiff Morrison had been the victim

of sexual harassment and sexual discrimination.  Expert

testimony by Dr. Charles Robinson provided a description and

explanation of the psychological dynamics of these two torts

(including PTSD-like symptoms) and the damages they caused

the Plaintiff.  Plaintiff was awarded $150,000. 

 

                              Plaintiff's Attorney:

 

                              Robert Stolt, Esq.

                              Augusta, Maine

                              (207) 622-3711

 


 
          Nicholas v. Fleet Bank of Maine
          Kennebec County Superior Court
          Augusta, Maine

 

     Plaintiff Nicholas brought suit against the Defendant

institution which had improperly dispensed funds held in a trust

account.  These funds were the result of the Plaintiff's

settlement of a sexual abuse claim against a former FBI agent.

Dr. Robinson's expert testimony described the Plaintiff's trauma

secondary to this institutional "betrayal" and differentiated

these effects from those emanating from the betrayal suffered

as a result of sexual abuse, early childhood trauma, and the

Plaintiff's relationship with her mother who was found guilty of

criminal conduct in an action arising from these same

circumstances. 

 

                              Plaintiff's Attorney:

 

                              Eric Mehnert, Esq.

                              Augusta, Maine

                              (207) 623-1455

 


 
          Meryhew v. Fortin
          Kennebec County Superior Court
          Augusta, Maine

 

     The eight year old Plaintiff received an out of court

settlement of $120,000 secondary to physical and PTSD related

psychological injuries.  The boy was bitten by a black Labrador

Retriever-Doberman pincher cross.  The Plaintiff was

trespassing when he was bitten.  Deposition testimony by Dr.

Charles Robinson outlined the potential reoccurrence of

psychological symptoms in adolescence secondary to the boy's

physical appearance as well as the traumatic aftermath for the

boy and his family following the dog's attack. 

 

                              Plaintiff's Attorney:

 

                              Eric Mehnert, Esq.

                              Augusta, Maine

                              (207) 623-1455

 

 

 

 
(See also newspaper article "$120,000 awarded in dog attack case")
 
 
 

 
          Halacy v. Tau Kappa Epsilon, et al.
          Cumberland County Superior Court
          Portland, Maine
 

 

     Plaintiff Halacy brought suit for a rape suffered at the

hands of Defendant Steen at a fraternity party.  Plaintiff's

expert Robinson provided information at deposition regarding

the psychological damages (PTSD) brought on by the rape and

the Plaintiff's anticipated need for psychological treatment to

resolve her rape trauma.  A confidential settlement was

obtained. 

 

                              Plaintiff's Attorney:

 

                              Paul Dumas, Esq.

                              Mexico, Maine

                              (207) 369-0101

 


 
          French v. Kennebec County Sheriff's Office
          Kennebec County Superior Court
          Augusta, Maine

 

     Plaintiff French brought civil suit against the Sheriff's

Office for their treatment of her after a routine arrest.  The

Plaintiff was strip-searched and alleged additional indignities.

Plaintiff's attorney retained Dr. Charles Robinson to evaluate

the Plaintiff.  Plaintiff French was found to have suffered

significant trauma as a result of Defendant's conduct.  A

confidential settlement favorable to the Plaintiff was obtained. 

 

                              Plaintiff's Attorney:

 

                              William Robitzek, Esq.

                              Lewiston, Maine

                              (207) 784-3576

 


 
          Lindgren v. The Bethel Inn
          United States District Court
          Portland, Maine

 

     Plaintiff was struck on the head by a golf ball.  Traditional

medical tests did not demonstrate serious or long-lasting

trauma.  The Plaintiff retained Dr. Charles Robinson who

examined the Plaintiff and provided information based on his

examination and psychological tests demonstrating the extent

of the Plaintiff's injuries.  A pre-trial settlement of $75,000 was

reached. 

 

                              Plaintiff's Attorney:

 

                              Eric Mehnert, Esq.

                              Augusta, Maine

                              (207) 623-1455

 


 
          Merrill v. International Paper
          Somerset County Superior Court
          Skowhegan, Maine

 

     Plaintiff Merrill suffered from a longstanding lung disorder

and was a heavy cigarette smoker.  In the process of effecting

repairs at the Defendant's plant, it was alleged that he was

negligently exposed to toxic chemicals.  A further reduction in

his lung capacity was evident in his medical examinations.  The

Plaintiff retained Dr. Charles Robinson to treat the Plaintiff for

his nicotine addiction.  The patient's condition was refractory to

treatment and Robinson provided information to this effect in

support of the Plaintiff's claims for further damages.  A

confidential settlement was obtained. 

 

                              Plaintiff's Attorney:

 

                              Tyler Kolle, Esq.

                              Lewiston, Maine

                              (207) 784-3576

 


 
          Oakes v. Maine Maritime Academy, et al.
          United States District Court
          Bangor, Maine

 

     Ms. Oakes was the daughter of an instructor at the Maine

Maritime Academy.  She became the victim of a sexual

exploitation ring at that institution.  She was subjected to

individual and group sexual abuse and psychological

manipulation (brain washing).  Plaintiff's expert Dr. Charles

Robinson provided testimony regarding these mechanisms of

control as well as the severe psychological damage (PTSD)

suffered by the Plaintiff.  The Plaintiff was awarded $750,000. 

 

                              Plaintiff's Attorney:

 

                              James Mitchell, Esq.

                              Augusta, Maine

                              (207) 622-6339

 


 
                                      In re:  Mr. S
          State of Maine Medical Review Panel
          Biddeford, Maine

 

     Suit was brought by the Estate of Mr. S who suicided by

carbon monoxide and an overdose of medication prescribed by

the Defendant psychiatrist employed by the Defendant

institution.  The late Mr. S had been seen by the psychiatrist

hours before his suicide.  All medical malpractice cases in the

State of Maine must first be reviewed by the Medical Review

Panel composed of three members.  Unanimous votes in either

direction must be reported to the jury.  Defendant's insurance

carrier retained expert witness Dr. Charles Robinson who

provided testimony to the Panel in regard to suicide and the

standards of care for persons at risk for suicide.  The Medical

Panel unanimously voted in favor of the Defendant psychiatrist

and Defendant institution and no further action was taken. 

 

                              Defendant's Attorney:

 

                              Christopher Nyhan, Esq.

                              Portland, Maine

                              (207) 775-5831

 


 
          In re:  Mr. H
          State of Maine Medical Review Panel
          Biddeford, Maine

 

     Mr. H received an injection of the anesthetic Marcaine in the

course of a routine medical procedure.  He experienced

vasovagal response.  All medical malpractice cases in the State

of Maine must first be reviewed by the Medical Review Panel

composed of three members.  Unanimous votes in either

direction must be reported to the jury.  Defendant's insurance

carrier retained expert witness Dr. Charles Robinson who

provided testimony to the Panel.  The Plaintiff alleged post

traumatic stress disorder with long-term consequences

secondary to the injection.  Defendant's expert Dr. Charles

Robinson challenged the likelihood of this outcome based on his

review of the medical history.  The Panel voted unanimously in

favor of the Defendant physician and Defendant institution.  No

further action was taken.

 

                              Defendant's Attorney:

 

                              Christopher Nyhan, Esq.

                              Portland, Maine

                              (207) 775-5831

 


 
          Couture v. Mid-Maine Medical Center, et al.
          Kennebec County Superior Court
          Augusta, Maine

 

     Suit was brought by the survivors of Mr. Couture who died

of Mesothelioma, always a fatal malady.  This condition had been

misdiagnosed as Tuberculosis which is treatable.  The Plaintiffs

retained Dr. Charles Robinson to conduct a psychological

autopsy with an emphasis on how Mr. Couture would have utilized

the last remaining months of his life had he known his condition

was fatal.  The autopsy involved multiple interviews with the

family, friends, and co-workers of the late Mr. Couture.  A pre

trial settlement satisfactory to the Plaintiff was obtained. 

 

                              Plaintiff's Attorney:

 

                              Jed Davis, Esq.

                              Augusta, Maine

                              (207) 622-6339

 



 
          U.S. v. Abumadi 
          United States District Court
          Portland, Maine

 

     Defendant Abumadi pled guilty to trafficking in cocaine.

Expert testimony provided a foundation for downward

departure.  Dr. Charles Robinson's testimony focused on the

Defendant's history of childhood abuse, her recent psychological

trauma and the relationship of these factors to the criminal

conduct.  It was the relationship of these psychological factors

to the offenses, and not the disorders themselves, that were

the crucial elements in meeting the standards for downward

departure. 

 

                         Defendant's Attorney:

 

                         David Beneman, Esq.

                         Portland, Maine

                         (207) 775-5200

 


 
          State v. Wright
          Somerset County Superior Court
          Skowhegan, Maine

 

     Defendant Wright's daughter alleged longstanding sexual

abuse at the hands of her father, an employee of the Maine State

Police.  Defendant's expert Robinson conducted an analysis of

the alleged victim's diary and medical records and offered an

alternative explanation to the reported victim's allegations.

Defendant's expert further testified at jury trial that there was

no scientific foundation to validate the State's claim that eating

disorders are caused by sexual abuse.  The emerging literature

on repressed memories of sexual abuse was also utilized in this

matter.  The jury found the Defendant not guilty.

 

                              Defendant's Attorney:

 

                              Pam Ames, Esq.

                              Waterville, Maine

                              (207) 877-6623

 

 

 

 
(See also newspaper article "Jury acquits Wright")
 
 
 

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