ABC 3 reported that a medical professional has been accused of raping two patients at the Pura Vida Medical Spa located at 350 5th Ave S #203, Naples, FL 34102.
According to police, 54-year-old Dr. Eric Andrew Salata forced himself on women sedated with laughing gas. They received a complaint from one victim that claimed Salata was having sex with her as she was waking up from being sedated during a cosmetic procedure. The second victim claims were similar to the first.
The doctor was arrested on Monday, November 21, 2022. He as been charged with two counts of sexual battery to a physically helpless person.
Attorney contributor, Michael Haggard, is an experienced lawyer for sexual abuse by a doctor in California. Michael has represented numerous assault victims in civil lawsuits. During an interview, he provided commentary on the legal rights of victims sexually assaulted by a doctor.
"Patients expect their doctors to carrying themselves in a professional manner. The doctor-patient relationship is built on trust and power. However, we see cases that involve doctors abusing their positions taking advantage of their vulnerable patients. The justice system makes it possible for medical professionals to be held accountable for such heinous crimes."
"Medical facilities have a legal duty to uphold the safety of their patients and staff. Sexual misconduct by medical professionals is often the result of negligence. Sometimes, the professional's employer may be considered negligent if they fail to prevent sexual abuse. For example, if previous misconduct complaints were filed against a doctor or medical professional yet, they were still permitted to examine patients. In negligence cases like these, victims may have grounds to file a lawsuit and receive compensation for their abuse."