When your abuser was your doctor or another type of health care practitioner, it can be very difficult to come forward. You may not know if you can do anything about what happened. You may feel uncertain about what lines were crossed and what rights you have. Doctors and other health care practitioners are generally allowed to touch our bodies in ways that most people aren’t, and violation of that trust can have long-term psychological and physical repercussions, causing the victim to avoid getting medical care in the future.
Victims of sexual abuse in medical settings can pursue both criminal and civil cases. The sexual abuse attorneys of the Law Office of J. Clay McCaslin are here to help you and your family during this difficult time.
Perpetrators and Facilities Can Be Held Liable
The person who sexually abused you may not be the only entity that is financially liable for your injuries. The business or facility may also be held responsible for allowing it to happen. This negligence can include:
- Inadequate screening and hiring practices
- Poor policies
- Inadequate supervision of employees or patients
- Failure to report abuse
- Failure to intervene
- Intentional cover-ups of the behavior and abuse
Examples of the types of facilities that may be held liable include:
- Nursing homes
- Mental health facilities
- Detention centers
- Department of Corrections
- Schools and universities
- Group homes
- Halfway houses
If you have been sexually abused in a medical or institutional setting in Oregon, call the Law Office of J. Clay McCaslin at 503-239-1910 or email us today and schedule your free confidential consultation.