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Connecticut doctor blames brain injury on judgment lapse

Last Monday, the Hartford Courant reported that Connecticut medical regulators are considering revoking the license of a Massachusetts psychiatrist. The doctor had his Massachusetts license revoked earlier, and Connecticut is apparently considering following suit. The Connecticut Medical Examining Board released a proposed decision recommending revocation.

The doctor got himself into some hot water after having an affair with a female patient. According to reports, the doctor claimed that his lapse in judgment was due to a brain injury that he sustained in a 2007 motorcycle accident. The recommendation from the Board, however, gave no credence to the doctor's claim that this event lowered his inhibitions.

According to the Board's decision, there was ample evidence that the doctor had crossed professional boundaries before and had taken steps to cover-up his latest transgression. While the doctor's motorcycle accident claim may not have legs, brain injuries can have such bizarre effects.

A change in personality and poor decision making are two common symptoms brought on by a traumatic brain injury, also referred to as TBI. From motorcycle accidents to workplace accidents, serious head trauma can occur without warning. Though these injuries may not be immediately debilitating, they can be devastating to the victim and his family.

A serious head injury can result in a reduced earning capacity. Victims of a brain injury do not have to have their medical license revoked to suffer a hit to their income. Fortunately, there are legal options to help victims recoup what they lost in an accident, including their earning potential.

Source: Hartford Courant, "State to Consider Revoking Doctor's License," Josh Kovner, Dec. 17, 2012

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