Medical professionals such as therapists and doctors are in a position of trust. They’re expected to keep their patients safe, but unfortunately some medical professionals abuse this privilege and sexually abuse or assault their patients. This is a gross misuse of power, especially since patients who visit their therapist or doctor may be especially vulnerable and defenseless against a doctor’s advances. If you have been targeted by a doctor, therapist or medical professional, McCarthy Weisberg Cummings, P.C. will provide a free consultation so you can get a caring and thorough legal evaluation of the situation.
Abuse of Trust: Sexual Abuse by a Doctor or Therapist
Sexual abuse by a therapist or doctor is especially devastating because patients often place a lot of trust in medical professionals. In fact, some patients may even feel uncomfortable reporting medical professionals who abuse them, allowing the abuse to continue with other patients.
In addition, many therapists and doctors are protected by insurance companies and by hospitals or clinics with considerable insurance coverage. They are protected by unions and professional associations who will defend their members even against accusations of illegal conduct or gross impropriety.
It can be difficult to get your voice heard if you have suffered sexual abuse at the hands of a therapist or doctor. Luckily, the concerned attorneys at McCarthy Weisberg Cummings, P.C. do listen. We can meet with you in a free consultation to listen to your story and to discuss what you can do next. We can help you explore all of the options that exist for you under Pennsylvania law, and we can work with you if you decide to pursue a claim or to file a complaint against the doctor.
Should You File a Claim?
Sexual abuse is a crime, and if you have suffered sexual abuse at the hands of a therapist or doctor, you have many options. You may file criminal charges against the medical professional, and you can report them to their professional association, clinics and other organizations. Another option is to pursue a civil claim.
Even if criminal charges are filed against the perpetrator or if you file complaints with professional bodies, keep in mind you may not always get the results you want. Only a small fraction of doctors accused of gross negligence lose their licenses permanently or are reprimanded. In addition, many perpetrators of sexual crimes and sexual assaults never serve a day in jail.
Pursuing a civil claim is another way to seek justice. It’s also way to receive compensation for the emotional trauma you have suffered as well as for the medical bills you may have to pay after the abuse. You may need therapy, tests for STI’s and other treatment. Speaking with an attorney at McCarthy Weisberg Cummings, P.C. can help you explore your options for getting compensation for all of these factors.