The Delaware Medical Society and a southern Delaware hospital have settled a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of victims of a former pediatrician. Earl Bradley, who sexually abused scores of his young patients over more than a decade, is now in jail. Under the terms of the settlement, $123 million will be placed into a trust for the benefit of victims. Bradley, 59, is serving 14 life sentences for child rape. Even this severe sentence is too light for what this man did to innocent children. The victims fund is composed mainly of insurance proceeds, with an additional cash contribution from Beebe Medical Center.
Defendants in the lawsuit included Beebe – where Bradley had hospital privileges – the Medical Society of Delaware, and five physicians accused by the Plaintiffs of not reporting suspicions about the ex-doctor to authorities. The settlement resolves claims against all the Defendants. The trial judge has scheduled a Nov. 13th hearing to consider the fairness of the settlement.
Source: Claims Journal
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