Sexual Abuse by Medical Professionals

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Six of our firm’s lawyers are former prosecutors who’ve guided and worked with sexual assault and abuse victims through the criminal justice system.  We have vast experience in holding hospitals, medical practices, therapists, prominent doctors, nurses, and nurses aides, to name a few, accountable for either directly committing the sexual abuse of their patients or allowing the sexual abuse to occur. Medical professionals who commit sexual assault often times try to hide behind their power and prestige. At Laffey Bucci D’Andrea Reich & Ryan, we do not let this happen. Our team has consistently exposed and held accountable high profile doctors who had sexually abused patients, including children, for decades. 

The Problem Of Sexual Assault & Abuse by Medical Professionals

Physical, mental or sexual abuse by medical providers occurs every day in this country. No medical profession is immune. Sexual abuse of patients and clients is often committed by:

In a hospital or medical office setting, patients naturally want to trust their medical professionals caring for them.  The unique dynamic of sexual abuse in an institutional setting is what often prevents victims from stepping forward. Perpetrators hold a great deal of power over victims, so much so that victims often fear that no one would believe them if they reported the abuse.

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This reality, namely that many victims never step forward is often what sexual perpetrators in the medical community count on. Reporting institutional sexual or physical abuse is an incredibly difficult thing to do. Shame, embarrassment, fear of retribution, anxiety, depression – all these emotions and issues make it difficult for people to come forward. At Laffey Bucci D’Andrea Reich & Ryan, our attorneys are trauma informed and work with each client on their time and at their speed. We are hear to listen, advise and believe you. 

Additionally, in situations of nursing home or mental health hospital abuse, the victim might not be able to communicate the abuse. Perpetrators tend to prey upon people who are unable to verbalize or otherwise communicate. Oftentimes, the victims who do step forward may find that their reports fall upon deaf ears. Most people know that this culture of silence certainly exists in churches and schools; but institutions like hospitals and medical facilities are no different. We can expose these hospitals and medical professionals who allow this abuse to continue on your behalf.

Legal Rights Of Abuse Victims
In Health Institutions

Victims and survivors of physical, mental and/or sexual abuse by medical professionals deserve justice, not only in the criminal system, but also in the civil justice system. Our attorneys have collectively worked with thousands of sexual abuse survivors and it is clear that the vast majority of survivors don’t know that they can seek justice by: (1) filing criminal charges and (2) filing a civil lawsuit. Also, a survivor does not have to do both. At Laffey Bucci D’Andrea Reich & Ryan, we will walk you through all of your options and ultimately you will decide what is right for you. 

Too few victims of physical and sexual abuse are provided with financial compensation for the deeply personal injuries they have sustained – mentally, emotionally and physically. 

Holding Medical Care Facilities Responsible for Sexual Abuse in Pennsylvania and New Jersey

The laws in Pennsylvania and New Jersey clearly provide for liability in cases of physical, mental and sexual abuse perpetrated by medical professionals. In many situations, corporations and people other than the perpetrator are legally liable for the abuse. Any person or business acting through its employees, who failed to report or prevent the abuse after suspecting the abuse or who actively concealed the abuse, is a potential defendant. At Laffey Bucci D’Andrea Reich & Ryan we will evaluate your case and the potential responsibility for all of those involved. We review the established standard of care and liability for any of the following actions or inactions:

Our attorneys have the skill and experience necessary to pursue sexual abuse cases with confidence. Our clients deserve the highest level of representation. We strive every day to give them that.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have been sexually assaulted by a medical professional, you have various rights and options available to pursue justice and seek compensation for the harm you have suffered. It is crucial to consult with an experienced sexual abuse attorney who can help guide you through the process and protect your rights. Here are some of the key rights you have as a victim of sexual assault by a medical professional:

  1. Reporting the Assault: You have the right to report the sexual assault to law enforcement authorities. Depending on the circumstances and the jurisdiction, the medical professional may face criminal charges for their actions. It is important to report the incident as soon as possible to preserve evidence and increase the likelihood of a successful criminal prosecution.
  2. Medical Care and Support: You have the right to seek medical care and emotional support following the assault. This may include receiving treatment for any physical injuries, being tested for sexually transmitted infections, and seeking therapy or counseling to help with the emotional and psychological effects of the assault.
  3. Confidentiality: Your privacy is important, and you have the right to request that your identity be kept confidential during any legal proceedings related to the assault. Additionally, medical professionals are bound by laws and regulations regarding patient confidentiality, so your information should not be disclosed without your consent.
  4. Civil Lawsuit: You have the right to file a civil lawsuit against the medical professional who assaulted you, their employer, or any other parties who may be responsible for the harm you have suffered. A successful civil lawsuit can result in financial compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages related to the assault.
  5. Professional Licensing Complaint: You can file a complaint with the appropriate medical licensing board to report the assault and request an investigation into the medical professional’s conduct. If the licensing board determines that the professional engaged in misconduct, they may take disciplinary action, such as suspending or revoking their license to practice.

It is essential to work with an experienced sexual abuse attorney who can help you navigate these options and protect your rights. At Laffey Bucci D’Andrea Reich & Ryan we can guide you through the reporting process, gather evidence, and represent you in any legal proceedings to help you achieve justice and seek the compensation you deserve.

Yes, under certain circumstances, you may be able to sue the hospital or doctor’s office where the sexual abuse occurred. It is important to consult with an experienced sexual abuse attorney who can help determine whether the facility or its staff may be held liable for the abuse you suffered. Here are some situations in which you might be able to pursue legal action against a hospital or doctor’s office:

  1. Negligent Hiring, Supervision, or Retention: If the hospital or doctor’s office failed to perform proper background checks, ignored warning signs, or failed to supervise their staff adequately, they might be held liable for negligence. This can include failing to address previous allegations of sexual misconduct or retaining an employee with a known history of sexual abuse.

  2. Vicarious Liability: In some cases, a hospital or doctor’s office may be held responsible for the actions of its employees under the legal principle of “vicarious liability.” This occurs when an employee commits a wrongful act within the scope of their employment, and the employer may be held liable for the harm caused.

  3. Inadequate Security or Policies: If the facility failed to implement appropriate security measures or policies to prevent sexual abuse, they could be held liable for negligence. This might include inadequate staff training, lack of security cameras, or failing to establish clear protocols for handling sexual misconduct allegations.

  4. Institutional Failure: In cases where the sexual abuse is part of a broader pattern of misconduct within the facility, the hospital or doctor’s office may be held liable for failing to address the systemic issues that allowed the abuse to occur.

It is crucial to work with an experienced sexual abuse attorney who can evaluate the specific circumstances of your case and determine whether the hospital or doctor’s office may be held responsible for the abuse. The attorneys at Laffey Bucci D’Andrea Reich & Ryan can help gather evidence, build a strong case, and represent you in any legal proceedings to seek justice and the compensation you deserve.

It is natural to be concerned about whether people will believe your account when you come forward with allegations of sexual assault against a doctor. While it can be challenging to speak up about abuse, especially when it involves a respected professional, it is essential to remember that you have the right to seek justice and hold the responsible party accountable for their actions.

It is crucial to work with an experienced sexual abuse attorney who can provide guidance, support, and advocacy throughout the process. They can help you gather evidence and build a strong case that demonstrates the credibility of your allegations. Here are some factors that may influence whether people believe your account:

  1. Evidence: Strong evidence is critical to supporting your allegations. This may include medical records, witness statements, and any correspondence, texts, or emails that may be relevant to the case. An attorney can help you gather and present this evidence effectively.

  2. Consistency: Providing consistent and detailed accounts of the abuse will help establish your credibility. It is essential to be honest and transparent with your attorney and during any legal proceedings.

  3. Corroborating Accounts: If other victims have come forward with similar allegations against the same doctor, this can lend credibility to your claims. An attorney can help you identify and connect with other potential victims who may be willing to provide supporting evidence or testimony.

  4. Professional Reputation: While doctors often enjoy a certain level of respect and trust within their communities, it is important to remember that they are not immune to misconduct. Increasing public awareness of sexual abuse within the medical profession has made people more receptive to the idea that such incidents can occur.

  5. Public Opinion: It is important to recognize that public opinion can be unpredictable and varies from person to person. While some people may be inclined to believe you, others may be skeptical. Ultimately, the outcome of your case will depend on the strength of your evidence and legal representation, rather than public opinion.

By working with an experienced sexual abuse attorney, you can build a strong case that helps people understand the truth of your allegations. While there are no guarantees in any legal proceeding, having a skilled attorney by your side can significantly increase your chances of being believed and obtaining justice for the harm you have suffered. That’s is exactly what you will have when you hire Laffey Bucci D’Andrea Reich & Ryan to represent you.