San Bernardino Doctor Sexual Misconduct Lawyer
If you or a loved one was sexually assaulted by a doctor in San Bernardino, California, contact Manly, Stewart & Finaldi right away for legal assistance. We are America’s premier sexual assault and abuse plaintiff’s law firm, with groundbreaking results acquired on cases against doctors, health care centers, dioceses, school districts and many other parties. We will stand by you through every phase of the legal process. We can keep your identity anonymous, if desired. Contact us today for a free, confidential case evaluation.
What Is Doctor Sexual Abuse or Misconduct?
Physicians and health care providers have a moral, ethical and legal duty to properly care for their patients. They must treat each patient according to the medical industry’s strict standards of care. Falling short of these standards, even unintentionally, can lead to patient injuries and a malpractice lawsuit against the physician. Doctor sexual misconduct, however, goes well beyond simple negligence. It is a terrible crime that can lead to criminal charges and a civil lawsuit being filed against the doctor.
Doctor sexual misconduct refers to any sex act or inappropriate sexual behavior by a doctor against a patient. Doctor-patient intimate or sexual relationships are always inappropriate due to the imbalance of power between the two parties. If a doctor makes sexualized remarks, jokes, comments, innuendos or requests, it is sexual misconduct. Unfortunately, some physicians in San Bernardino commit even worse sex crimes against their patients during appointments, checkups and procedures.
A doctor can commit sexual assault or abuse against a patient through inappropriate touching of a patient’s intimate parts. This can mean fondling, groping or penetration committed under the guise of ordinary medical care. A physician may also ask a patient to participate in sexualized acts, such as disrobing in front of the doctor or taking inappropriate photos. Other forms of doctor sexual misconduct include indecent exposure, verbal sexual assault, rape and sodomy.
What to Do if You’ve Been Sexually Assaulted by Your Doctor in San Bernardino
If a doctor did anything that made you uncomfortable or feel violated, report it to the Medical Board of California by filing a complaint against the physician. The Medical Board will investigate the incident and determine if remedial action should be taken against the doctor, such as suspending or revoking his or her medical license. If you wish to press criminal charges, notify the San Bernardino Police Department about the incident, as well.
If you do plan on bringing criminal or civil charges against the doctor, it can help to obtain a sexual assault forensic exam within 120 hours (5 days) of the incident. This type of medical exam can collect any evidence that is available against the doctor from your person from the assault. In addition to seeking medical care for physical injuries, you should also see a psychiatrist or psychologist for therapy for the emotional and psychological side of the crime. Professional help or joining a support group can make it easier to cope with sexual trauma.
Filing a Civil Claim for Doctor Sexual Abuse
When you’re ready to seek justice against the doctor who assaulted you, contact Manly, Stewart & Finaldi for a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable sexual abuse attorneys. We will listen to your story and believe you. Then, we will go over your legal options, such as bringing a civil lawsuit against the doctor and/or health care center.
You may have grounds for a lawsuit against the medical facility if it negligently failed to keep its patients safe from a sexual predator. A successful lawsuit can bring the physician to justice and pay you for several related losses, including medical care, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Request Your Free and Private Case Review in San Bernardino Today
You do not have to go through the legal process alone as a victim of doctor sexual assault, abuse or misconduct. Manly, Stewart & Finaldi is a team of skilled and highly experienced sexual assault attorneys who will be there for you every step of the way. We are strong legal advocates who care about our clients. Start with a free initial case consultation with a lawyer in San Bernardino. Contact us online or call (800) 700-8450 today.