The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that information involving a case of wrongful insemination remain sealed. According to reports, a couple who is not named filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against Dr. Ben Ramaley in 2005 after discovering their twin girls did not share the same DNA with their father.
According to the suit, the doctor may have inseminated the woman with his own sperm without telling the couple. Ramaley was directed to inseminate the woman with her husband’s sperm. Results from the medical malpractice suit were sealed after the case settled for an undisclosed amount.
Even though the results were sealed, the agency that issued Ramaley his license, the Commissioner of Public Health, was notified of the case by the National Practitioner Data Bank.
The Greenwich Time got wind of the case and requested records of the case from the Commissioner. After the Commissioner refused to hand over the records, the Greenwich Time filed a complaint. A Superior Court judge affirmed that records could be accessed from the National Practitioner Data Bank, but not from the Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank.
The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that under federal law, the records should remain sealed and kept confidential.
This particular case demonstrates an intentional wrongdoing by a healthcare provider. If you suspect that a healthcare provider committed malpractice, you should speak with an attorney to find out if you qualify to file a lawsuit.
To speak with a Connecticut medical malpractice lawyer about a possible claim, contact Berkowitz and Hanna LLC today.
NOTE: Berkowitz and Hanna LLC did not handle the case mentioned in this news article.