When a patient goes to a doctor for treatment, the doctor is expected to behave in an irreproachably professional manner. Unfortunately, some doctors take advantage of the vulnerability of their patients and commit crimes, including rape and molestation.
In addition to being charged with criminal violations, these doctors can also be sued for medical malpractice. Though a patient who has been assaulted may be afraid to come forward, it is important that anyone with a medical malpractice claim against a doctor seek legal counsel.
On Aug. 15, three warrants were unsealed in the ongoing sexual assault case against a Glastonbury doctor who worked at Community Health Center's Clinton clinic. These warrants attest to a pattern of inappropriate sexual behavior on the part of the accused and allege a serious and disturbing betrayal of patient trust.
The three victims associated with these warrants were reportedly afraid to come forward because they thought no one would believe them. The doctor, who is free on bond after being charged with 24 counts of sexual assault, as well as narcotics distribution, may also have his medical license suspended. He was arrested in June 2012 for charges dating as far back as 2010.
In addition to criminal charges, doctors who sexually assault their patients can face civil liabilities. When a doctor harms a patient, intentionally or through negligence, the victim may be entitled to compensation for physical and emotional trauma.
Sometimes the offenses result the patient's missing work days and requiring psychological treatment, and the victim's struggle is compounded with increased financial burdens. Hartford-area residents who believe they have been victimized by a medical professional should know that there are laws to protect them.
Source: Hartford Courant, "Warrants: Doctor's Exams Felt 'Sexual,'" Josh Kovner, Aug. 15, 2012