Malpractice Action for Sexual Relationship that Developed Subsequent to Treatment Provided by Psychologist Settled for 225000

18(16) Virginia Lawyers Weekly 389 (Sept. 22, 2003)

A lawsuit in which a woman filed a medical malpractice action against a psychologist from whom she sought treatment for major depression was settled for $225,000 in the Circuit Court of Fairfax County.  The woman alleged she was harmed by an inappropriate
romantic and sexual relationship that developed between them.  Reportedly, as part of the settlement the defendant acknowledged an inappropriate  relationship developed between them subsequent to treatment, that such relationships are forbidden by the regulations governing the practice of clinical psychology in Virginia and the ethical principles of the American Psychological Association, and that such relations are defined as unethical because of the high likelihood of harm to the patient...

Found in DMHL Volume 23 Issue 1