Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Okay, seriously, this has got to stop...

Discovered while bored and browsing Yahoo News' "Odd News" section...

SEATTLE (Reuters) - An Oregon woman whose doctor convinced her that he could cure her lower back pain by having sex with her is suing him and his medical clinic for $4 million, according to legal documents obtained on Monday.

The doctor, Randall Smith, who was 50 at the time, was stripped of his license and sent to jail for 60 days last year for charging the state's Oregon Health Plan $5,000 for his 45-minute "treatments" involving the woman.

"Dr. Smith's medical treatment included intercourse in which he told plaintiff was needed to help alleviate plaintiff's lower back and lower extremity pain," the former patient said in the lawsuit.

The lawsuit, which charges battery, negligence and intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, was filed on Friday in Multnomah County court.

"We never comment on lawsuits," said a spokesman for the Adventist Medical Group clinic in Gresham, Oregon where Smith worked. Smith could not be located for comment.

Though he pleaded guilty to submitting false health care claims, a felony, Smith maintained the sex with the 47-year-old woman was consensual.

No offense to those who have been sexually assaulted, and no offense to those who have been duped by doctors in the past, but if you're stupid enough to *believe* your physician when he tells you that the only way to cure your disease is to have sex with him, you should waive your right to ever be able to sue him -- or, I suppose, anyone else -- on the grounds that you are a moron.

Colour me cynical, but something tells me that when the doctor offered this prospective treatment (for which, I should add, he should be restricted from ever suing anyone on the grounds of being a complete moron) the first thing through the woman's mind wasn't, "Hm, well, that seems like a perfectly good idea," but rather, "Hm, well, if I tolerate this for a few minutes, I can probably sue his ass off."

Can we please stop looking for ways to make a quick buck by tying up our courts with retarded, frivolous lawsuits?


Can we at least impose some kind of an IQ test before allowing some to file a claim?

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