Sexual Abuse By Physicians
Sexual abuse by physicians is often under-reported. Patients who are sexually abused are frequently confused because a physician may claim that the inappropriate conduct is part of a routine examination.
Patients under anesthesia and children are especially vulnerable to experiencing sexual assault. Patients who are assaulted while under anesthesia or other medications may be reluctant to come forward because they have trouble remembering the details of the assault.
The Kansas City, Missouri law firm of Humphrey, Farrington & McClain, P.C., handles cases involving patients who have been abused in a medical care setting. It is extremely important for patients to exercise their legal rights after being abused by a physician. A doctor who sexually molests a patient rarely attacks only a single person, so filing a legal claim against a physician can prevent more patients from being victimized.
How Common Is Sexual Abuse By Doctors?
The rate of sexual abuse from physicians is hard to determine. One study from New York's Lenox Hill Hospital and UCLA found that at least 25 percent of gynecologists and 13 percent of general practitioners admitted to either kissing, fondling or having sex with patients.
A shocking 19 percent of the physicians added that they saw nothing wrong with "erotic contact" with patients and another 19 percent found that this contact actually helped patients.
It is unclear how many of the patients in the UCLA study were adults involved in consensual contact or minors. The American Medical Association Code of Ethics does require physicians to avoid engaging in sexual relations with patients or exploiting them in any manner.
Missouri Doctor Abuse Attorneys
Sexually abused patients can often hold a wide array of people and institutions legally liable. Medical abuse typically is enabled by system failures at clinics and hospitals, or the complicity of nurses and physicians' assistants. The attorneys at Humphrey, Farrington & McClain, P.C., can help patients stop the pattern of sexual abuse at a clinic by thoroughly investigating the involvement of all institutions and medical professionals associated with the doctor's practice.
If you or a loved one has been sexually abused by a medical professional, contact our attorneys to discuss your case. Arrange a free consultation by contacting us online or calling 888-353-0491. Our attorneys handle medical abuse cases throughout the Midwest including Kansas City, St. Louis and Wichita.