Civil Lawsuits For Survivors of Doctor Sexual Assault
Brian Kent is a lawyer for sexual abuse by doctors. Here are some of his thoughts on how filing a lawsuit can help individuals who have been sexually assaulted by medical professionals:
The doctor-patient relationship is built on trust. We all expect our medical professionals to conduct themselves in a professional manner and to treat us with respect. Unfortunately, a minority of doctors abuse their positions of trust in order to act as sexual predators and abuse and assault their patients.
The criminal justice system meets the important need of making sure these professionals are prosecuted for these crimes. However, survivors should also know that the civil court system can help them directly. Sexual misconduct by medical professionals is often the result of negligence. In some cases, third parties (such as the professional’s employer) were negligent in their failure to prevent the misconduct. When this happens, survivors can demand accountability by filing a lawsuit, which can also help provide financial support for damages related to the traumatic incident.
If you’re the survivor of sexual assault by a doctor and would like to explore your legal options, we highly suggest discussing the details of your case with an experienced sexual abuse victims lawyer.
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