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 clients 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 women 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.

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