Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Mother Sues Agency For Medical Costs

RALEIGH, N.C. —The mother of a teen who said she was raped three years ago has sued the state agency that compensates crime victims after it refused to pay medical bills because the girl had used alcohol and marijuana.

An administrative law judge ruled in November the Brunswick County girl was entitled to compensation because the drugs and alcohol were pushed on her as part of the assault.

The North Carolina Crime Victims Compensation Commission dismissed the recommendation in March, saying it wouldn’t pay the more than $8,000 the family owes for the girl’s psychiatric treatment. The lawsuit seeks to reverse that decision.

No charges were brought against the 20-year-old man because of the victim’s unclear memory and conflicting accounts from those at the party.

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