Doctor and Therapist Sexual Abuse Lawyers Fighting for Victims Throughout the Nation
Sadly, sexual abuse committed by doctors, therapists, and other medical and mental health care providers happen every day in the United States. Has a doctor or a therapist sexually abused you or your child? A medical sexual abuse lawyer at Greg Jones Law can help you win justice.
When sexual abuse happens in a nursing home, a hospital, or another institutional setting, the victim may be unable to report the abuse. In cases where a sexual abuse survivor is able to step forward, the claim may not be taken seriously or may be covered up.
If you or someone you love has been abused sexually by a doctor, a therapist, or by anyone in a medical or therapeutic setting, you must have the advice of a medical sexual abuse lawyer regarding what steps you should take. You can call Greg Jones Law – now – at 855-566-3752.
How Widespread Is Medical Sexual Abuse?
How widespread is sexual abuse by doctors and therapists? An investigation published by the AtlantaJournal-Constitution found thousands of cases of doctor and therapist sexual abuse in the United States. Reporters found that state medical licensing boards handle some of these cases secretly and cloak other cases of medical sexual abuse in vague, ambiguous language.
In a separate study, Public Citizen, a D.C.-based nonprofit consumer advocacy group, reported that two-thirds of the doctors in the U.S. who have had credible sexual abuse claims filed against them had not been disciplined by state medical licensing boards.
Dr. Steven J. Stack, a former president of the American Medical Association, told the Journal-Constitution, “One of the obligations of the state-run system of physician oversight and regulation is to investigate allegations and revoke the medical licenses of physicians who commit sexual misconduct.”
Who Is at Risk for Medical Sexual Abuse?
Everyone gets sick, so we’re all at risk for medical sexual abuse. Abuse victims have included infants and children, the elderly, the wealthy, the poor, and even the survivors of previous sexual abuse incidents.
Some doctors, with hundreds of victims over a period of decades, are counted among this nation’s worst sexual abusers. For example:
- For more than 15 years, pediatrician Earl Bradley is believed to have drugged more than a thousand small children with lollipops before sexually assaulting them.
- Peter LaFuria, a Louisiana gynecologist, took thousands of explicit photos of patients without their consent.
- More than 35 alleged victims told prosecutors in Fayette County, Georgia, that a gynecologist, Dr. Orlando Cano, had fondled, groped, or otherwise sexually abused them.
According to the Journal-Constitution, doctors who sexually abuse patients are frequently seen as sympathetic figures in need of therapy – instead of criminals who must face the consequences of their actions. Often, after only a few weeks of counseling, they’re practicing medicine again.
How Do Medical Sexual Abusers Avoid Penalties?
How do these doctors manage to avoid sanctions and penalties and continue to practice medicine and abuse patients? Too many victims stay silent. They may not be certain whether a doctor’s conduct constituted abuse, or they may feel that no one will take their word over a doctor’s.
State medical licensing boards give many doctors second chances. Prosecutors may dismiss or reduce charges. Hospitals, clinics, and health care corporations may quietly push these abusive doctors out, often without making a report to the police or a state medical licensing board.
If You Are a Medical Sexual Abuse Survivor, What Steps Can You Take?
To bring a criminal charge against a doctor or a therapist, you have to make a report to the local police, but if the sexual abuse is not recent, it may be difficult to compile evidence, so your case may come down to your word against the abuser’s, and a conviction may be difficult to win.
A medical sexual abuse lawsuit that seeks to recover monetary compensation may be easier to win than a criminal prosecution. The victims of medical sexual abuse deserve justice, and they can seek that justice with help from a medical sexual abuse lawyer at Greg Jones Law.
We provide a free case evaluation to medical sexual abuse victims. You’ll receive personalized legal advice and learn how the law applies to your own case. An attorney with Greg Jones Law will recommend your best option for justice – which may mean filing a sexual abuse lawsuit.
What Will It Cost to Take Legal Action?
While the vast majority of the nation’s 900,000 doctors do not sexually abuse their patients, medical sexual abuse happens every day and far more frequently than we might think. Wherever you are in the United States, an attorney with Greg Jones Law can help you.
At Greg Jones Law, we work for sexual abuse victims on a contingency fee basis, so you pay no lawyer’s fee unless and until you are compensated. Schedule a case evaluation with an attorney at Greg Jones Law by calling our national law offices at 855-566-3752.