Doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals are supposed to put the well-being of their patients first. As the Hippocratic Oath taken by doctors says, "First, do no harm." But when medical professionals take advantage of vulnerable patients by manipulating, tricking, or forcing them into sexual contact, they are causing harm that rises to the level of medical malpractice.
Though most doctors and nurses are dedicated professionals, there are a few professionals who betray the trust placed in them by patients and their families. Psychiatrists, Counselors, OB/GYNs, and nursing home staff are among the professionals who have the most access to vulnerable populations, but sexual abuse of patients can happen in any medical field. Sexual abuse can range from inappropriate comments or touching to forcible rape. A medical professional commits medical malpractice by having any sexual relationship with a current patient, even if the relationship is consensual.
It is never the patient's fault when a doctor, nurse, or other professional makes the choice to abuse their position of power and commit sexual abuse. Even when criminal charges or professional sanctions are imposed, such actions are about punishing the perpetrator, not helping the victim heal. At Huegli Fraser PC, we are focused on helping our clients recover emotionally and financially for the harm that was done to them.
Huegli Fraser PC understands that it can be painful and difficult to take action against a medical professional who has harmed you, especially in such a personal way. It may seem tempting to try to put it all behind you and try to forget. Unfortunately, forgetting is easier said than done, especially when the person who harmed you has not been held to account for his or her actions.
We know that malpractice cases for sexual abuse by medical professionals are not about money (although it is only right for professionals to make some kind of restitution to patients they have harmed). These cases are really about turning victims into survivors, helping them to hold their abusers responsible for their actions, and allowing them to move forward with their lives. At Huegli Fraser, our mission is to get our clients the resources they need to recover from their abuse, and to support them as they regain control over their lives.
If you or a loved one have been sexually abused by a doctor, nurse, or other medical professional, you deserve help. Get the guidance and advocacy of experienced Portland medical malpractice attorneys. Huegli Fraser PC will give you a candid, straightforward analysis of your case and help you to pursue recovery.
Huegli Fraser serves Portland and the surrounding areas, working with clients throughout Oregon. Contact us at (971) 266-8877. We look forward to working with you.
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