When patients in New Mexico and elsewhere visit a medical facility for treatment, they may trust health care professionals to treat them with dignity and provide a certain standard of care. Should doctors use their positions to take advantage of a situation, their misconduct could wreak havoc on a patient’s life. Reports indicate that a substantial settlement has been reached in a lawsuit involving more than 200 women who accused a gynecologist with former ties to the University of California of sexual misconduct.
Claims of abuse
According to reports, the lawsuit brought forth by more than 200 women following a previous class action lawsuit accusing the former UC doctor of sexual misconduct. The lawsuit states that over his nearly 40 years of working with the university, he stands accused of various unlawful acts. Former patients claim that he subjected them to inappropriate behavior and contact and used painful techniques during visits.
Reports indicate that UCLA has recently agreed to pay out a settlement of just over $240 million in response to the lawsuit. This comes nearly a year and a half after a previous settlement of over $70 million stemming from similar allegations against the same doctor. Reports also indicate that the man is currently facing more than 20 felony charges for sexual abuse stemming from medical examinations.
Where to turn
While being subjected to sexual misconduct can be a harrowing experience, some victims may be afraid to step forward and shed a light on such unlawful behavior. Those who have concerns about how best to approach the situation could find it helpful to consult with an experienced attorney for guidance on the next steps to take to seek justice and accountability through the proper channels. An attorney in New Mexico can work toward protecting a client’s legal rights and assist him or her in preparing to pursue the full amount of restitution entitled through a claim against all parties deemed responsible.