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Sexual Abuse by Doctors & Medical Professionals Attorney in Kansas

Medical practitioners are trusted professionals who have sworn an oath to uphold specific ethical standards in the care and treatment of patients. Sexual abuse by a medical professional is the worst kind of betrayal. It can leave victims with severe emotional and psychological trauma. At DRZ Law, our Kansas attorneys are knowledgeable about cases involving doctor sexual abuse, and passionate about protecting the rights of survivors. We can help you bring a lawsuit against a hospital or institution that turned a blind eye to complaints of doctor sexual abuse or knowingly protected a perpetrator. We offer free initial consultations that are always 100-percent confidential.

What Does Sexual Abuse by a Doctor Look Like?

Medical professional sexual abuse typically involves a health care practitioner – a physician, nurse, physician’s assistant, OBGYN, dentist or therapist – abusing a position of power to take advantage of a patient for sexual purposes. It can often be difficult for a patient to differentiate between medically necessary actions and sexual assault, especially if a child has been groomed by a pediatrician or sports doctor for many years. The following are examples of actions and behaviors that are not normal for a doctor’s visit:

  • Asking a patient to undress in front of the doctor.
  • Refusing to allow someone else to stay in the room with the patient.
  • Not keeping the patient informed about what the doctor is doing.
  • Making the patient feel uncomfortable.
  • Giving inappropriate medical massages.
  • Taking inappropriate or unnecessary photographs of patients.
  • Performing unnecessary procedures during a physical evaluation.
  • Inserting ungloved fingers into the patient’s vagina or anus.
  • Placing an object into the vagina or anus.
  • Forcing the patient to engage in oral sex.
  • Raping or attempting to rape the patient during an exam.

Sexual abuse by a doctor often goes unreported for months or even years by victims. A high-profile example is Dr. Larry Nassar – the former USA Gymnastics doctor who was convicted of sexually abusing young gymnasts for decades. His victims stayed silent for so long for a variety of reasons, including fear of not being believed, and manipulation by Nassar that had led them to believe that the abuse was routine or medically necessary. Coming forward about doctor sexual abuse is difficult and can be overwhelming, but it can be critical for your future.

You Can Often Hold an Institution Liable for Sexual Abuse by Medical Professionals

In a case involving sexual abuse by a medical professional, the institution the doctor worked for can often be held responsible in a civil lawsuit. An employer or institution can be vicariously liable for the actions of its employees, including health care providers. A health care center may also be held liable of its own accord, such as if it perpetuated abuse by hiding information about a sexual assault complaint or concealing the background of an abusive doctor. As the victim of doctor sexual abuse, you may be able to bring a lawsuit against the: 

  • Doctor’s employer
  • Doctor’s office
  • Hospital or emergency room
  • Health care center
  • Clinic
  • School
  • College or university
  • Sports organization
  • US Olympics
  • USA Gymnastics

Taking legal action against not only the perpetrator but also the larger institution that failed to protect patients can help you and your family move forward. This type of lawsuit requires assistance from an experienced lawyer. You need an attorney who has gone up against powerful adversaries in the past and won. When a trusted institution fails to protect those who are vulnerable to abuse, such as patients who look to their doctors for proper care, an doctor sexual abuse attorney can take aggressive action to demand justice on your behalf.

Contact Us | You Have Legal Rights as a Victim of Sexual Abuse by a Doctor  

No patient or parent wants to consider the possibility of being sexually abused by a trusted physician, nurse or health care practitioner. If you find yourself in this devastating situation, contact DRZ Law for answers and hope for the future. Our committed medical professional sexual abuse lawyers can help you bring a claim against a hospital or organization that allowed the sexual abuse to occur. Please call (913) 400-2033 or contact us online today to request a free, confidential case evaluation.

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