The Hippocratic Oath is an oath that doctors take to promise to remain ethical when caring for patients. Even though the Oath has changed over the years, since 1964, medical students still recite a modern version of the Oath. One part of the Oath is, “I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.” Unfortunately, not all physicians or psychiatrists who that take the Oath, remain ethical.
Sadly, when some patients are frail, vulnerable and defenseless, they are taken advantage of by the one person they put all their trust in, their doctor, therapist, dentist, nurse, or psychiatrist.
Acts Of Injustice To Vulnerable Patients: Physician And Psychiatrist Abuse
On February, 18, 2001, Delaware State Police were looking for a medical resident, Shyamkrishnan Ramdas, on charges that he had unlawful sexual encounters with six female patients while he was giving them a physical examination.
On January 19, 2011, psychiatrist Charles D. Morgan’s surrendered his license to practice medicine for unprofessional conduct. Dr. Morgan admitted a female patient to the hospital for electroshock therapy. While she was hospitalized, Dr. Morgan had an inappropriate sexual encounter with her.
Psychiatrists account for approximately six percent of all doctors, yet they are responsible for thirty-three percent of all the inappropriate sexual assaults committed by doctors. Even more frightening is those sexual crimes committed by psychiatrists are thirty-seven times greater than rapes occurring in the general community. In the United States, it is estimated that approximately 150,000 females have been sexually abused by their psychiatrists. Psychiatrists themselves indicate that sixty-five percent of their new patients inform them that previous psychiatrists have sexually abused them. Sexual assault or rape is not just limited to females. Men are also victims of sexual abuse or rape.
Sexual assault may include rape, forced penetration, forced intercourse, inappropriate touching, or forced kissing. Victims of rape or sexual assault may get over the physical pain of being violated, but are often left with the emotional scars such as feelings of no self worth, denial, crying spells, paranoia, helplessness, loneliness, shame, anxiety, nightmares, insomnia or inability to sleep, flashbacks, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), numbness, withdraw, depression, fear of relationships or intimacy, or promiscuity. Many victims of sexual abuse turn to drugs or alcohol to help dull the pain that is constantly haunting and tormenting them.
Seeking Justice For Victims Of Sexual Abuse And Assault
Since 1958, The Beasley Firm has been successfully litigating personal injury, sexual assault, rape, and professional malpractice cases with documented results. The Beasley Firm is a nationally recognized catastrophic injury and wrongful death law firm that has awarded over $2 billion for their clients. In addition to our experienced Philadelphia sexual assault attorneys, we also have on staff two physicians and three registered nurses, one of whom is a certified rape counselor and sexual abuse crisis nurse. Our collective knowledge assisted in obtaining two of the largest medical negligence verdicts in Pennsylvania history, $100 million and $55 million, as well as countless other multimillion dollar judgments and settlements.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of sexual assault or rape at the hands of a healthcare provider, we can help you. Here at The Beasley Firm, not only do we have a team of nurses and physicians on staff that have actually witnessed and treated the physical and emotional scars left on a victim after a rape or sexual abuse, we have decades of expertise that made us a leader in this field.
If you or a loved one has been physically and emotionally injured, please contact one of our experienced Philadelphia sexual abuse attorneys at 1-(888) 823-5291. Please feel free to look at our track record of success and call us for a free, no obligation consultation. We promise that we will never take a fee unless we win your case.