"Affluenza" Wreck Victim Wants Doctor's Testimony

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    Ethan Couch (inset left with graphic) faces five civil lawsuits for a June 2013 crash that killed four people and injured two others.

    Attorneys for a boy injured by the teenage driver who killed four people in a drunken wreck want to hear from the psychologist who said the teen had "affluenza."

    A Fort Worth judge is to hear arguments Friday from lawyers for Ethan Couch, the teenage driver, and Lucas McConnell, one of several people injured in last year's wreck.

    The crash got national attention thanks in part to the testimony of psychologist Dick Miller. He said Couch was coddled into a sense of irresponsibility by his wealthy parents, a condition he termed "affluenza."

    McConnell's attorneys say Miller should be forced to testify again in their lawsuit against the Couch family, but Couch's lawyers argue that would violate attorney-client and doctor-patient privileges.
     
    Earlier this month, Couch's family reached a more than $2 million settlement with the family of Sergio Molina, who was left with a serious brain injury and is unable to walk or talk after the accident.