According to NBC News, New York City gynecologist has been indicted on charges of sexually assaulting patients and an alleged abuse pattern between 1993 and 2012.
Gynecologist Dr. Robert Hadden worked at both New York Presbyterian and Columbia University hospitals. The allegations against Hadden began when presidential candidate Andrew Yang’s wife, Evelyn Yang, publicly spoke about what happened at her medical exam. She was seven months pregnant and visited Dr. Hadden. When she believed her appointment was over, he told her Hadden abruptly told her that she might need a cesarean section. Hadden allegedly pulled her to him and undressed her then proceeded to use his fingers, ungloved, to examine her internally.
Acting U.S Attorney Audrey Strauss stated that Hadden allegedly abused dozens of victims for personal sexual gratification over 20 years during examinations. These allegations included one minor whom he previously helped deliver.
Dr. Hadden faces several counts of enticement and inducement to travel to engage in illegal sex acts with six different victims. One charge, including a minor he repeatedly sexually abused.
Attorney Laurence Banville, an experienced licensed lawyer in New York, represented victims of sexual abuse. Below Laurence provided commentary on the legal rights of victims sexually abused by a doctor to help victims determine whether they may receive compensation.
“We trust our doctors and expect our medical professionals to respect patients and carry themselves in a professional manner. Unfortunately, some doctors abuse their positions of power and trust over patients to act as sexual predators. These doctors exploit their patients’ vulnerability to abuse and assault. However, the justice system ensures these medical professionals are held accountable for their heinous acts. These victims should know their legal options to receive justice.”
“Medical facilities have a legal obligation to uphold the safety of their patients. Sexual misconduct by medical professionals is often the result of negligence. In some cases, the professional’s employer may be considered negligent when failing to prevent sexual abuse. For example, if there were previous misconduct complaints filed against a doctor, but they were permitted to continue working. In these negligence cases, victims may have grounds to file a lawsuit and receive compensation for their abuse.”