Sexual Abuse

Parties: Confidential
Jurisdiction: Confidential
Amount of Settlement: $90,000

The defendants agreed to a Ninety Thousand Dollar ($90,000.00) settlement with a mother and her child, who was molested while in the their care. The mother had sought treatment from one of the defendants, who offered to watch her four year old son during the mother’s therapy sessions. This defendant hired a young man to perform these babysitting services.

During one of the mother’s sessions, the young man sexually molested the boy. The evidence was that this young man had a troubled history.

The boy and his mother were represented by St. Louis injury attorney W. Morris Taylor, who alleged that the defendant had negligently hired this young man and failed to properly supervise him.

The young boy was initially diagnosed with excited mood, with symptoms of post traumatic stress. He was released from treatment after a few sessions. Attorney Taylor argued that even though the boy appears to have recovered well, he may need future treatment because the boy was so young in age and cognitive development he had less ability to reason and would have been unable to make sense of what happened. However, studies show that victims of sexual abuse often manifest symptoms much later in life, therefore justifying the settlement amount in case future treatment is needed.

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