Holding Abusive Health Care Providers Accountable
Doctors, nurses and other practitioners in the health care field hold positions of trust in contemporary society. Few people expect them to commit acts of sexual abuse against anyone, let alone against their own patients. Unfortunately, sexual misconduct by physicians and other health care providers happens far too often.
At Horowitz Law, we understand this because we have worked with hundreds of people who suffered sexual abuse by trusted health care practitioners. Our sexual abuse lawyers have 20 combined years of experience holding Florida’s powerful individuals and health care facilities accountable for their misconduct.
Doctors Are Not Above Prosecution
A national investigation recently revealed more than 450 instances of doctors accused of sexual abuse. Many of the claims involved more than one victim – some involved multiple child victims. Stunningly, nearly half the accused perpetrators kept their licenses and remain in practice. This often gives abusers the mindset that they can continue to assault victims with impunity. Even as powerful professionals in other industries face serious consequences for sexual misconduct, doctors often seem exempt from criticism, let alone prosecution.
Sexual Misconduct In Health Care: What To Know
Victims tend to underreport misconduct by their doctors because they fear that no one will believe them. There are a few scenarios in which patients are particularly vulnerable to the abuse of health care practitioners:
- Procedures that require anesthesia
- Genital or pelvic exams
- Rectal exams
- Removal of hospital gowns
- Removal of undergarments
From the brave survivors – mostly women and children – who have come forward, we have learned that abuse by doctors and health care practitioners falls into three categories:
- Uninvited sexual contact
- Romantic or sexual relationships with current or former patients
- Initiating sexual contact by claiming it as a form of treatment
These acts all warrant civil lawsuits, criminal complaints or professional disciplinary proceedings. Although the odds can seem stacked against you, when victims come forward, they go a long way toward preventing the abuse of other patients.
Hospitals Are Also On The Hook
In addition to the individual practitioner, the hospital or medical practice could be held liable for victims’ damages. They may be accountable for failing to adequately screen new hires, failing to remove employees accused of misconduct, failing to properly manage accusations of abuse, and many more instances of negligence.
Stand Up To Abusive Medical Providers – Get A Free Consultation
If you suffered abuse at the hands of a doctor, nurse or other medical professional, Horowitz Law can represent you. We have extensive experience and success in handling cases of sexual assault by physicians. From our office in Fort Lauderdale, we represent victims nationwide. To schedule a free, confidential, no-risk consultation, please call us at 855-485-1673 or send us an email.