Help for Rape Victims – Attorney

Rape / Sexual Assault Victims

Hospitals & Health Care Providers
When someone becomes ill or is injured, they trust that the doctors, nurses, and hospital employees involved in their treatment and care will be professional. Unfortunately, illness and injury may make a patient vulnerable to sexual predators.

We have represented and provided help for rape victims who allege they were sexually assaulted during a time when they were their most vulnerable – debilitated by illness and required to put their faith and trust in their caregivers. We have represented several patients who have alleged that their therapist or psychologist formed an inappropriate sexual relationship with them during the course of their treatment. The formation of such relationships is not only professionally prohibited, but a crime. We also represented a woman who alleged that she was sexually assaulted while still heavily sedated following surgery. In another case, we represented a woman who alleged she was sexually assaulted by a male doctor during an inpatient examination.

When hospitals fail to protect the patients entrusted to their care and those patients are sexual assaulted, the hospital may be at fault. They may be liable for failing to conduct a proper pre-employment screening or failing to act reasonably in response to the danger sign or inappropriate behaviors exhibited by its employees. When doctors and other healthcare providers breach their professional ethics and form inappropriate sexual relationships with clients, they may be liable for the emotional harm such relationships inflict.

We have successfully handled cases against residential care facilities and group homes by bringing legal claims for negligent hiring, retention and supervision arising from the abuse of disabled individuals entrusted to their care.

Residential Care Facilities
Persons with disabilities have the right to be safe not only from the staff at the facility, but also from the aggressive behaviors of other residents. Disabled adults and children in residential care facilities and group homes have the legal right to hold these institutions accountable for abuse within the facility. In some cases, the sexual or physical abuse is perpetrated by a home health care aide caring for patients in their own homes. We represent children, disabled adults, and their families in cases against the residential care facility or home health care agency responsible for hiring and supervising the abusers and their clients.

We have successfully handled cases against residential care facilities and group homes by bringing legal claims for negligent hiring, retention and supervision arising from the abuse of disabled individuals entrusted to their care.

Commercial Properties & Apartments
Property owners have a responsibility to take reasonable measures to make their property safe from crime. In many cases, criminal attacks and your pain and suffering would never have happened if the people charged with protecting you had done their jobs. Places, similar to people, have personalities and characteristics. Properties have routine or frequent activities that facilitate different types of crimes. A property’s character can actually encourage crime, particularly predatory crimes such as murder, rape, robbery, carjacking and other forms of stranger violence. These types of crimes can be very place specific. The property owner has a duty to know the character of the property and take reasonable steps to keep crime off of the property and the public safe.

Crime is not always random and often can be predicted and deterred with adequate security measures. An experienced attorney can help you collect the settlement you need to recover your losses and hold property owners responsible for keeping their property safe.

If you or someone you know has been affected or victimized by rape, please contact the attorneys at The Law Office of Sara J. Powell. We seek justice and provide help for rape victims through compensation and rights advocacy.