Although most medical providers are caring, trustworthy professionals, those who commit sexual abuse can do considerable emotional and physical damage. As people in positions of power who are serving a vulnerable population, physicians can easily abuse their power.
If you or a loved one has been sexually assaulted by a doctor or other medical professional, we may be able to help you take action. At Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., we represent child sexual abuse and adult sexual assault survivors in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.
Attorney Jeffrey Fritz leads our law firm’s practice of compassionately representing crime victims in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He is a charter member and past president of the National Crime Victim Bar Association, an affiliate of the National Center for Victims of Crime.
Our attorneys have the experience and resources to investigate and prosecute medical facilities and individual professionals. We prepare strong cases and relentlessly pursue compensation on your behalf.
Schedule a free consultation with our sexual abuse lawyers in Philadelphia, Allentown, Lancaster, Reading, Cherry Hill, New Jersey and New York. Please call us at 215-929-7216.
Taking Action Against Medical Providers
We represent adults and children who have suffered sexual abuse by nurses, doctors or other medical professionals such as:
- Nursing assistants
- Home health aides
- Nursing home staff
- Therapists, psychologists and psychiatrists
Medical providers, whether they are facilities or individuals, may be liable if patients are sexually abused in their facilities or by their staff. We can make claims against a facility such as a hospital, clinic or nursing home for negligent hiring practices, failure to screen employees and volunteers, lack of supervision, and inadequate security.
Failure To Report Hospital Sexual Abuse
Medical personnel are typically considered mandatory reporters, required by the state to report suspicions of child abuse to authorities. Failure to report suspected child sexual abuse is a violation of mandatory reporting requirements.
- In Pennsylvania, medical mandatory reporters include physicians, osteopaths, dentists, optometrists, chiropractors, podiatrists, interns, nurses, school nurses, mental health professionals and hospital personnel.
- In New Jersey, any person who has reason to suspect child abuse is mandated to report it.
Common Examples of Hospital Sexual Abuse
Sexual abuse by doctors and other hospital staff members is a disturbing and unacceptable form of abuse that can have serious physical and emotional consequences for victims. While any form of sexual abuse is unacceptable, it is particularly heinous when it occurs in a place where people are seeking medical treatment and are vulnerable due to illness or injury. There are several ways in which doctors and staff members at hospitals might sexually abuse patients, including:
● Inappropriate touching or advances: This can include unwanted physical contact or
sexual advances made by a doctor or staff member.
● Performing unnecessary or inappropriate exams: This can include performing exams
or procedures that are not medically necessary or that are designed to be sexually
suggestive or gratifying to the doctor or staff member.
● Making inappropriate comments or advances: This can include making suggestive or
sexual comments to a patient, or using their position of authority to make sexual
● Engaging in sexual contact without consent: This can include any form of sexual
contact between a doctor or staff member and a patient that is not consensual.
● Photographing patients in a sexual manner: This can include taking inappropriate or
sexually suggestive photos of patients, or making inappropriate comments or advances
while taking photographs.
If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual abuse by a doctor or hospital staff member, it is important to seek help and support. This can include seeking medical care, contacting law enforcement, and speaking with a qualified attorney about your legal options. Do not hesitate to reach out for help and support as you navigate this difficult and emotional experience.
How a Philadelphia Hospital Sexual Abuse Attorney Can Help
If you’ve been the victim of sexual abuse at the hands of a medical provider or hospital staff member, an attorney may be able to help you secure compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and other such damages/losses. Specific ways in which a lawyer can assist you in these circumstances include:
● Reviewing your case to determine if you have grounds to take legal action
● Conducting an investigation to gather evidence showing that sexual abuse occurred
● Reviewing your compensable losses/damages to determine approximately how much
compensation you may deserve
● Filing a claim or lawsuit on your behalf
● Entering into negotiations with the insurance company or other responsible parties for a
fair settlement on your behalf
● Pursuing damages in court if a fair settlement isn’t offered
After a traumatic experience in a hospital or healthcare setting, your goal should be to focus on
making a recovery. We’ll handle the process of seeking compensation.