As recently discussed on this blog in "Neurologist violates standards of care, loses license" (June 18), it is of vital importance that the relationship between a patient and their healthcare provider be professional and free of any inappropriate behavior. However, one doctor has been accused of violating the trust and rights of some of his patients by engaging in nonconsensual sex acts. Hospital negligence may have played a role in the allegations, as some question why he was permitted to continue seeing patients while unsupervised.
Though from New Jersey, the gynecologist was practicing in a neighboring state when he supposedly used the time that nurses stepped out of the exam room to forcibly touch some of the alleged victims. He has also been accused of performing oral sex on patients as well as asking them extremely personal questions concerning their sex lives. It was recently discovered that, at the time the acts were purported to have happened, many of the patients were pregnant.
These reports of abuse range from Sept. 2011 to June 2012. Despite the apparent reporting of abuse to the hospital, the gynecologist continued to meet with patients without a nurse in the room during that time period. Additionally, other victims have reportedly come forward with similar claims of abuse. He is currently facing charges of sexual abuse and forcible touching.
Although criminal charges are not a necessary precursor for a medical malpractice claim, any evidence utilized for the indictment on any charges may also prove to be an effective tool in the pursuit of a civil claim. In instances when hospital negligence by staff and/or administration occurs, both the alleged victims of this gynecologist and victims from elsewhere in New Jersey may benefit from the litigation of a medical malpractice claim against the parties deemed responsible. If negligence is properly documented, legal recourse could provide monetary relief for any pain and suffering, as well as other financial damages endured.
Source: allvoices.com, "Gynecologist charged with sexually abusing patients in New York", June 19, 2014