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Published: Wednesday, Jan. 29 2014 5:03 p.m. MST

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Ender
Salt Lake City, UT

The parents chose to go on the Dr. Phil show. The parents chose to use Dr. Phil's money to enroll their troubled teenager in a facility close to home. Now the parents want to sue everyone involved?

...smells like they're just going after deep pockets to me...

G Blake
West Jordan, UT

Ender, you may be right, although if the girl's arm was actually broken (particularly if it really is as bad as their lawyer makes it sound- which is unlikely, based on the understanding that lawyers always do all they can to maximize the sound of the damages caused to their clients), there might be a basis to ask why that happened. If the staff of the facility used excessive force or brutality to induce the girl to behave as they desired, then the girl has a case.
Oftimes however, people will harm themselves in the hope of blaming it on others, or exaggerate injuries, or even fabricate stories to incriminate those they want vengeance against; so those are also possibilities. The girl will have a large burden to prove causality, among other things.
So it sounds like the parents were more interested in getting someone else to pay for their daughter's treatment than they were in making certain the treatment she got was really appropriate for her particular problem. May the truth prevail.

Swartzy
Arlington, TX

It seems like the parents weren't really parents to the girl and Dr Phil hit it right on the head. He didn't go out on the street and bring this girl in. Anyone who has watched more that a couple of shows knows that this type of treatment is what he does. If they had not kept the girl inside the facility and she went out and was harmed they would have sued big time. Facilities like this one and others for drugs and mental problems always start out with Locked gates. It is normal not unusual. LIke was said, if the care taker did break her arm like she says, then they can sue for that, but nothing else. The started the whole process and now they are crying about it. Sorry for the arm, but the girl really needs some parents to guide her, not enable her.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

Are these parents claiming they did not have the right to pull their daughter from this facility? Really? That she was not sent to this facility with their permission?

There is a good chance excessive force was used, or that a freak accident did happen. Completely possible. Accidents do happen, and if an accident did happen, the girl needs to be compensated for that accident. But servitude? Really? Give me a break.

Sounds like parents that always point the finger somewhere elsewhere, and spend little time reflecting or owning the problems themselves. Good people do have out of control kids from time to time…. but they don't sue the people who try to help… even if it goes wrong. The ownership of what goes on with that child is theirs…. and no one else's.

Beach girl
Huntington Beach, CA

Why don't people take responsibility!! They chose to go on the Dr. Phil show!

Stop The Nonsense
El Paso, TX

Why it is obviously NOT the parents' fault:

*How were they supposed to know that their daughter would actually admit to those things on TV?
*Dr. Phil is warm and fuzzy to every other guest except their daughter
*Dr. Phil forced the girl into the correction facility, and offered to pay for it as part of his devious scheme to imprison her and force her into "servitude"
*The parents tried to take the girl home at the first sign of mistreatment/"servitude" but were not allowed to do so
*Because their little princess shouldn't have to obey others if she doesn't feel like it. Obviously she has a track record of making good choices for herself, so the guards should cut her some slack.

Okay, rant over. If the arm was broken, then the facility should pay for medical bills. If permanent damage was actually done, maybe some degree of compensation. However, the parents' approach to sue anyone and everyone involved looks a little too suspicious to me to accept this at face value.

iluvredrock
Ogden, UT

I wonder if the "adult men" having sex with a 15 year old are under investigation by police, Maybe they should be made to pay for her problems.

KJR
Alpine, UT

Happiest day in the deadbeat's life is when they can make what is called in the law a "colorable claim" of injury against a deep pocket. Nothing is easier than to feign righteous indignation (through the mouth of a lawyer who will get 40% of the take). But don't blame him, his DUTY is the represent his client zealously within the bounds of the law. On the other side, is it any wonder that insurance companies don't roll over and play dead, and have the motto: "Millions for defense, not one cent for tribute?"

WRK
Riverton, UT

I truly am sorry to say, but these parents sound a little like the Thenardier's from Les Miserables: Out to blame everyone else but those to whom the blame actually belongs.

Flashback
Kearns, UT

DR. Phil is absolutely annoying, but that is not a crime. I aggree wtih WRK, these parents seem to be enablers like the Thenardier's. Maybe the daughter acted up at the facility and in trying to get her under control she got injured. Happens to people all the time when they act up.

Maybe Dr. Phil ought to sue them to get their appearance fee back that he paid them.

I saw Bain Capital on the list. Maybe they will also sue Mitt Romney even though he wasn't involved with Bain. But he started it. They are looking for a pay day.

The judge ought to dismiss with prejudice.

Ed Grady
Idaho Falls, ID

A lot of judgemental comments about the parents. I guess when you have perfect children (or so you think), it's easy to be that way.

webdiva
littlestown, PA

It's about time. Dr. Phil has been referring kids to KNOWN abusive programs in Utah for years, and likely getting a kick back. About time! These programs are EXTREMELY abusive, my brother died because of the abuse he endured and so have countless other children. No child deserves abuse, all children deserve protection and the same human rights as anyone else.

MoJules
Florissant, MO

I would rather have my teenage daughter get her arm broken from being pulled out of a bed without an adult man in the bed with her. This girl will be a big mess her whole life and she can thank her parents.

4601
Salt Lake City, UT

Dr. Phil is TV entertainment, not a treatment program. Were they promised a compliment? Although I have never watched it, it is apparently based on voluntary participation and the family had some idea of what can happen in reality TV. If the family is concerned about embarrassing themselves and their daughter, wait until a deposition or court appearance to find out what public embarrassment really is. For their own sake, the lawsuit should be dismissed with prejudice.

sctrojanfan72
St. George, UT

As parents we spend a lot of time asking “WHY” our children did so and so, e.g., Why did you hit your brother, Why did you not do your homework, etc. There is not a lot of benefit from this approach, and you likely recognize the amount of frustration that you feel with the million “I don’t know” replies you get to your ‘Why” questions.

While your intentions are to teach and correct, the messages that your children are receiving can be quite different than the ones you are sending:

1.I can never make my parent(s) happy.
2.My parent(s) do not like me or anything I do.
3.I am only acceptable when I do things a certain way.
4.My parent(s) are trying to control me.
5.It seems my parent(s) are more invested in this than I am, e.g. meaning it is more important to mom or dad than the child.

If the child continues to believe any of the above messages, then the process breaks down. Good parents understand that they are in the business of training a belief system that if healthy, will have the child learn to take greater responsibility

NeilT
Clearfield, UT

There is a high probability the girl's parents never set boundaries for her. Now she is being held accountable and all she knows how to do is be angry, frustrated and rebel. Dr. Phil is know for being confrontational. That is his style. Deal with it instead of filing a lawsuit.

ulvegaard
Medical Lake, Washington

I have great respect for the art of psychology in our society. But personally, I question the motives of anyone who uses such skills as an avenue to fame and fortune. I'm not saying its bad to make money, or to become famous, but those professions which are devoted to the direct care of individuals - namely medical and sociological, can become compromised when notoriety is pursued and or achieved.

What I am saying is that I will gladly visit my family doctor or undergo psychological evaluation - in private. I would never subject my well being to the care of someone needing to maintain ratings in the public sector.

I'm sorry that this family had a bad experience, but anything they due at this point will only serve to turn the spotlight back to the favor of Dr. Phill.

LivinLarge
Bountiful, UT

Seems to me the Meyers better be prepared for the potential of a gigantic libel suit from the Dr. Phil Organization, Bain Capital, CRC Health Group, Aspen Educational Group, Island View Academy in Syracuse and a teacher at the academy.

yarrlydarb
Ogden, UT

More power to the family.

Dr. Phil's show is nothing more than sensationalistic entertainment.

Does he really help those who appear on his show?

In my humble opinion: about as much as any other "reality tv" program.

StaciLynn
Richfield, UT

First their child was involved in dangerous sexual situations with adults & apparently they could not change their daughters behavior so they went to Dr. Phil did he think that they the parents & their daughter would get high five on his show?

Then they the parents had to sign something to get the care Dr. Phil offered to help them with locally, did they bother to check up on the place before they signed their daughter in? Usually these places have a lot of paperwork for parents so that they understand the procedures that will be used & how freedoms will be restricted, how privileges will be earned, how parents can aid in the process.

If the staff was using excessive force or broke her arm while she was following the rules then they have a leg to stand on with the facility, otherwise they are showing the daughter she an go back to doing as she pleases, watch out society!

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