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New York Doctor Sexual Assault Lawyer

When we go to a doctor for care, we expect just that- care. We expect the doctor and other healthcare professionals to treat us with dignity and professionalism. We do not expect to be sexually assaulted. Sadly, each year there are thousands of reports of sexual assault by doctors, dentists, and other healthcare professionals. Many other doctor sexual assaults go unreported. If you were sexually assaulted by a doctor, contact an experienced New York doctor sexual assault lawyer at Stephen Bilkis & Associates. We are committed to helping those who were sexually assaulted by doctors and other healthcare processionals receive the compensation and justice they deserve.

Sexual Assault by Doctors

When medical professionals sexually assault patients, they typically take advantage of the vulnerable position that patients are in when they are receiving needed care. For example:

  • Inappropriate sexual contact during an examination. During the course of an examination, for medical reasons a doctor may have to touch the patient’s breasts, vagina, penis, or buttocks. However, if a doctor touches those areas when there is not a legitimate medical reason to do so, then they would have sexually abused the patient.
  • Sexual contact with an unconscious patient. Sexually assaulting patients who are unconscious or heavily sedated.
  • Sexual contact with disabled patients. Sexually assaulting patients with dementia or who are unable to communicate.

There have even been cases in which the doctor withheld pain medication until his patients complied with demands for sexual favors.

Sexual assaults by doctors are often not reported, when they are reported, oftentimes the word of the patient is discounted due to their medical condition or the impact of their treatment on their cognitive abilities. If you or a loved one was sexually assaulted by a doctor, contact an experienced New York doctor sexual assault lawyer.

Liability for Sexual Assault by Doctors

Through personal injury lawsuits, survivors of sexual assault by doctors can hold them accountable and demand compensation. While the doctor or other medical professional who committed the sexual assault would be the defendant in the lawsuit, there may be others who should be named as defendants.

If the victim reported the assault to staff members or if staff members were aware of the sexual abuse but failed to do anything about it, then they can be included as defendants as well. The medical facility (hospital, clinic, urgent care facility) may also be liable for employing a sexual predator and failing to take steps to ensure the safety of patients.

The victim may be entitled to substantial compensation, including compensation for medical fees associated with treatment of injuries from the assault, pain and suffering, and punitive damages. Because of the emotional trauma associated with sexual assault and the heinous nature of a doctor sexually assaulting a patient, victims often receive substantial compensation for pain and suffering and punitive damages. To discuss your case, contact an experienced doctor sexual assault lawyer in New York.

Adult Survivors Act

Despite some high profile cases that have been reported in the media, generally, doctor sexual assault is underreported and under investigated. As a result, many victims never receive justice. Because of the Adult Survivors Act, a law enacted on May 24, 2022, victims of sexual assault have a new opportunity to seek justice through personal injury lawsuits even though the assault took place years or decades ago and the statute of limitations has expired.

Recognizing the difficulty that survivors of sexual abuse have had reporting sexual assault and having their cases properly investigated, the law gives victims a one-year window to file cases against their sexual abusers and those whose neglect or willful acts allowed the abuse to occur. To take advantage of this opportunity, victims must file their lawsuits between November 24, 2022 and November 23, 2023.

Contact Stephen Bilkis & Associates Today

Sexual contact between doctors and patients is prohibited by medical ethics. Nonconsensual sexual contact and other sexual actions defined by penal code are crimes. If you or a loved one was sexually assaulted by a doctor, you deserve justice. Even if the assault occurred years ago and the statute of limitations has passed, there is a limited opportunity to file a lawsuit against the doctor. With over two decades of experience successfully representing victims in personal injury lawsuits, Stephen Bilkis & Associates can help. Contact an experienced doctor 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.

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