Whisper Ridge Patient Sues

Rob Seal reported in the Progress a couple of days ago that a former Whisper Ridge resident is suing the mental health facility for $10.35M. The anonymous plaintiff just recently turned 18, and alleges that he was physically and sexually abused while there between 2003-5. Which, odds are, is true. It seems that Whisper Ridge (formerly The Brown Schools, before that The Millmont Center) has broken just about every law, regulation, and standard of decency that’s possible (see exhibits a, b, c, d and e), so if I were a betting man, I’d place my money on the kid winning the case. I guess what’s amazing is that it took this long for somebody to sue this place.

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  • Because it’s very hard for someone with a psychiatric history to win a civil suit due to the laws of this state that allow opposing counsel to use the victim’s medical records against them in court. By filing a civil suit this brave young man has opened his records to the public and to Psychiatric Solutions’ attorney. Many other states do not allow that kind of use of medical records, but Virginia has more exceptions to confidentiality of medical records than any state in the union and people are pushing for even more exceptions in the next general assembly although it’s not clear yet if they have found a sponsor for their egregious bills.

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