INSTITUTIONAL NEGLIGENCE


          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


          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 testate 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 a 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 posttraumatic 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

 

 



 
 
 
 
 
 
          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. 

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

 

 
 
 
 

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