Legal Recourse for Victims of Sexual Assault by Nurses and Other Healthcare Professionals
Attorney contributor Brian Kent helps survivors of sexual assault find justice, answers, and support in civil lawsuits. Here is Brian with some general information on the legal rights of those who have been sexually assaulted by nurses and other healthcare professionals.
No one should have to worry about their safety while receiving medical care at a hospital or another healthcare facility. But sadly, there have been widespread reports of hospital patients being violated by the medical professionals entrusted with their care. Sexual assault has become a major problem in our healthcare system, including reported cases involving doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals sexually assaulting their patients.
Patients who have been sexually assaulted by a medical professional should be aware of their legal rights. The criminal justice system handles the investigation and prosecution of these sexual predators, but in some cases, there are also third parties who are responsible for failing to prevent the assault due to negligence. In cases of third-party negligence, the victim may have grounds for a lawsuit.
For example, a hospital could be considered negligent if there had been previous complaints of sexual misconduct involving the accused medical professional, but nothing was done in response to these complaints. If the hospital is found negligent, the victim may have the right to file a lawsuit against the facility.
If you or a loved one is a survivor of sexual assault by a medical professional, you can learn more about your legal rights in a free case evaluation with an experienced sexual assault victims lawyer.
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