Victims Span Decades and Ready for Reardon Sex Abuse Trial
New Haven, CT (Law Firm Newswire) April 13, 2011 - A jury has been picked and in the next couple of weeks the George Reardon child sexual abuse lawsuits will begin.
Waterbury’s Superior Court Judge, Daniel Shaban, has ordered that each George Reardon child sexual abuse lawsuit proceed solo instead of 135 plaintiffs being broken up into batches of cases. Also, each plaintiff and sex abuse victim will now be allowed to stay anonymous.
The children-turned-adults allege that Reardon engaged in sexual abuse from the 1970s until his resignation as chief of endocrinology from St. Francis hospital in 1993. The abuse, including sexual photos and pedophilia, was covered up by a purported human growth study Reardon spearheaded.
The jury will determine how much responsibility the hospital, as Reardon’s employer, is liable for damages done to his patients. One of the victims said Reardon used a gun to intimidate his patients into the sexual acts. Back in April of 1970, a mother made a formal complaint after learning what had happened to her son, but no one ever formally addressed it at the hospital.
“This first incident led to so many more abuses and hundreds of devastated individuals,” said Joel T. Faxon, a Connecticut personal injury attorney who is representing 70 of the plaintiffs. “It is a shame the hospital and medical associations allowed him to continue his practice and ignored so many warning signs.”
In the 1970s and 1980s, complaints that were made against doctors usually were dealt with very privately, with just recommendations for treatment but not notifications to their employer, by the local medical society. The state health department took over the reports in the 1980s and conducted formal investigations.
The hospital has not commented before trial but knows that Reardon was stealthy at keeping his bogus study and pedophilia a secret; the hospital never even asked to see a report from his study in the 10 years he conducted it. Currently, the hospital’s lawyers are trying to get motions to exclude evidence of a gun, complaints, and turning in photo expenses to the hospital for reimbursement.
When Reardon’s home was sold to a new person, a stash of pornographic slides was found. Victims span three decades and oftentimes involve siblings as parents thought they were bringing their children to a successful doctor and innovative study.
“Victims deserve to have every opportunity to show how the hospital’s negligence and recklessness allowed a doctor like this to continue,” said Faxon, who has successfully represented sex abuse victims in other lawsuits at the Stratton Faxon law firm. “The victims’ injuries and losses did not just go away when Reardon passed in 1998.”
The Stratton Faxon trial attorneys seek the highest level of compensation for pain and suffering, emotional distress, medical costs, and any other injuries or disabilities that occur due to sexual abuse. They are one of the top three Connecticut personal injury lawyers, says Connecticut Magazine and are recognized by clients and peers for their dedication to their communities justice.
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