What to do if your doctor commits sexual assault

What to do if your doctor commits sexual assault

Recently Larry Nassar who has been convicted of sexual assault and faces 40 to 175 years in jail, asserted his case should have been considered a medical malpractice case, rather than a criminal matter. However, the fact that this is a criminal matter is not at issue. His abhorrent behavior warrants criminal prosecution and jail time.  But as with many cases of sexual abuse perpetrated by a medical professional, it may also be possible to file a civil medical malpractice suit for damages. This is in addition to – not instead of – criminal penalties. In such cases, it may be possible to recover substantial economic and non-economic damages for emotional distress, medical treatment, costs and therapy and any wage loss.

When medical professionals take advantage of their position of trust and touches a patient inappropriately or engages in any manner of sexual harassment, it may be possible to file a suit for medical malpractice. You should also file a complaint with the medical licensing board and alert the police.

For more information or if you have been harmed by a medical professional in any manner, please contact the dedicated San Diego medical malpractice lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson for an immediate consultation.
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