New York Dentist Sexual Assault Lawyer
Sexual assault is a problem that impacts every aspect of society. There have been thousands of reports of medical professionals, including dentists, sexually abusing their patients. In a recent case, patients reported that an oral surgeon pressed his genitalia against them while performing procedures. In another case the dentist fondled the breasts of patients. Sexual assaults by dentists are breaches of trust. It is important to hold these dentists accountable for the criminal behavior and the trauma that they caused their victims. If you were sexually assaulted by a dentist, contact an experienced New York dentist sexual assault lawyer at Stephen Bilkis & Associates. We are committed to helping those who were sexually harassed and abused by dentists receive the justice they deserve through personal injury lawsuits.Sexual Assault by Dentists
In some instances, dentists sexually harass patients verbally through sexual innuendo. However, in far too many instances the dentist takes the harassment a step farther into unwanted sexual contact. When dentists sexually assault patients, they typically take advantage of their position of power over the patient. For example:
- Inappropriate sexual contact during an examination. The dentist “accidentally” brushes their hand against the victim’s breasts, or leans over the patient in such a way that the dentist’s penis presses against the patient’s body.
- Sexual contact with an unconscious patient. Dentist sexual assault often occurs during a procedure that requires anesthesia. The dentist takes advantage of the vulnerable patient by sexually abusing the patient while they are unconscious.
If you believe that your dentist sexually abused you, contact an experienced New York dentist sexual assault lawyer. For a variety of reasons, sexual assaults by dentists are often not reported or are nor reported right away. One reason is because the sexual assault occurred while the patient was sedated, leaving the patient confused or unsure as to what happened or feeling that they would not be believed. It is only after the media reports that the dentist has been charged with sexual assault by other patients that victims come forward. By that point it is sometimes too late because of the statute of limitations.New York Adult Survivors Act
Sexual assault is generally an underreported crime. Victims experience emotional trauma that can make it difficult to report what happened to them to the authorities. In the case of dentist sexual assault, the victims are sometimes sedated when the assault occurs and are unsure if the abuse occurred.
Recognizing the barriers that victims face in reporting sexual assault, on May 24, 2022, the governor of New York signed the Adults Survivors Act. The law allows victims of sexual assault to file claims against their abusers even though the statute of limitations passed for criminal prosecution or for civil actions. The Adult Survivors Act applies to victims who were at least 18 years old at the time of the sexual abuse. To take advantage of the opportunity provided by the Adult Survivors Act, victims must file their lawsuits between November 24, 2022 and November 23, 2023. Because of the short time period for filing claims under the Adult Survivors Act, contact an experienced dentist sexual assault attorney in New York right away.Compensation for Victims
Victims of dentist sexual assault can demand compensation for the emotional pain and suffering they experience. Victims are traumatized by the actions of their attackers and experience severe emotional distress as evidenced by depression, anxiety, nightmares, and feelings of detachment from their partners. In addition, victims can also demand punitive damages from their assailant. Punitive damages are awarded to punish defendants for outrageous behavior. Because of the heinous nature of sexual abuse and the prolonged emotional trauma that victims experience, pain and suffering and punitive damages compensation for dentist sexual assault can be substantial.Contact Stephen Bilkis & Associates
Unwanted sexual contact between dentists and patients is not only unethical, it is criminal. Those who are victims of sexual abuse by dentists deserve justice, even if the sexual assault occurred years ago. With over two decades of experience successfully representing victims in personal injury lawsuits, Stephen Bilkis & Associates can help. Because of the limited time period on filing lawsuits under the Adult Survivors Act, it’s important to take action right away. Contact an experienced dentist sexual assault lawyer serving New York at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We represent clients in Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Nassau County, Suffolk County, Long Island, and Westchester County.