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Victims Of Sexual Abuse At Virginia’s Cumberland Hospital May Be Eligible For Justice And Potential Compensation

Victims Of Sexual Abuse At Virginia’s Cumberland Hospital May Be Eligible For Justice And Potential Compensation


We urge survivors of physical and sexual abuse from Cumberland Hospital to request an eligibility review to confirm that you or your child:

  • Were or was admitted to Cumberland Hospital Virginia for treatment;
  • Were or was sexually or physically abused while a patient;
  • Were or was 17 years of age or younger when the abuse occurred; and,
  • Are not already represented in this case by an attorney.

In October 2020, a multi-count civil lawsuit was filed on behalf of 20 plaintiffs against Cumberland Hospital, alleging assault and battery, negligence, fraud, reckless disregard, and violations of Virginia’s Consumer Protection Act.

Cumberland Hospital, operated by Universal Health Services in New Kent County, is a residential center in Virginia that treats adolescents with neurobehavioral issues, brain trauma, and chronic health conditions.

The initial $127 million lawsuit has expanded to include 27 additional plaintiffs, all of whom were children when the abuse and battery occurred.

The lawsuits target the facility, former medical director, and Universal Health Services, citing negligence, assault, battery, child rights violations, and other crimes.

According to reports in October 2021, there have been documented instances of the hospital violating its seclusion protocol long after it was first investigated criminally in October 2017.

Former patients claim they were sexually abused through unnecessary “femoral pulse checks” meant to fondle intimate body parts, while over half of the 20 plaintiffs allege non-consensual touching.

Two young women recounted how they were forced to endure being groped on their breasts and genitals during physical exams upon their admission to Cumberland—one woman said she was in shock and teared up.

The abuse reportedly continued during subsequent exams, and other women described additional inappropriate encounters.

Prosecutors argued that the exams were a pretext for abuse, noting the girls' vulnerability as they lived without their parents or caregivers in the specialized residential facility.

Prosecutors also explained how the perpetrator had complete control over them as the medical director.

Additionally, the hospital faces accusations of failing to maintain adequate staff to protect residents from abuse by employees or other patients and keeping patients longer than necessary to maximize revenue.

The Virginia State Police began investigating Cumberland staff in October 2017—this is at least the third former staffer charged with a crime involving a patient.

One psychotherapist charged with sexual abuse died by suicide before a plea hearing, and a behavioral technician was sentenced to a year in prison for intentionally burning a disabled child.

We believe all victims who have experienced sexual and physical abuse at Cumberland Hospital in Virginia should receive justice and potential compensation, beginning with a free, private case review with our experienced legal team.

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