Many patients incorrectly assume that an act of sexual assault by a physician cannot happen to them. While fortunately such occurrences are rare, sexual assaults by misguided doctors can and do occur. In many of these cases, doctors have mis-used their power and the vulnerability of their patients to sexually assault them. Patients under anesthesia can be particularly vulnerable to a sexual assault by a rogue doctor.
For example, recently in Oregon, a lawsuit was filed by a patient who alleged she was raped while under anesthesia during an April 2014 colonoscopy. In Charleston, West Virginia, the team of lawyers at our law firm, DiTrapano, Barrett, DiPiero, McGinley & Simmons, PLLC, handle these types of claims against doctors or other professionals. Our team of lawyers can be reached at (304) 342-0133 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One common theme we see in cases of sexual assault by medical providers is that there are often multiple victims of the same perpetrator. For example, a doctor in Illinois was accused of sexually assaulting at least 12 of his patients, and in California, a doctor was arrested in 2011 on suspicion of sexually assaulting 6 patients.
This type of sexual assault by doctors or medical professionals can take many forms. There are incidents involving patients under anesthesia who experienced non‑consensual “pelvic and genital exams.” In other situations, doctors or medical professionals have groped the breasts of female patients under anesthesia or during fake, so-called “breast examinations.”
These kinds of wrongful acts by the doctor can form the basis for a criminal complaint, civil lawsuit, and/or professional discipline. If you would like to pursue a civil lawsuit against a doctor that has sexually assaulted you in West Virginia, please call the team of lawyers at DiTrapano, Barrett, DiPiero, McGinley & Simmons, PLLC, at (888) 918-4761 or submit a contact form.
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