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Sadly and perhaps shockingly, sexual abuse by medical professionals is a common occurrence across the country. If you have been the victim of sexual abuse by a doctor or other medical professional, it is imperative to contact our experienced Baltimore professional negligence attorneys. We are dedicated to protecting the rights of patients throughout Maryland and we will do everything in our power to make sure no one else suffers at the hands of the perpetrator.

A well-known Boston-area psychiatrist and best-selling author has been sued for sexually exploiting three of his patients. Specifically, three women allege that the doctor preyed on them while they were vulnerable patients and drew them into demeaning sexual relationships while he was treating them for depression. Each of the women filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the healthcare provider, which have now been settled. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed. The Boston Globe reports that the doctor used a debatable treatment for depression on the women, which greatly depended on infusions of Ketamine – a fast-acting anesthetic and painkiller that induces a trance-like state, memory loss and even hallucinations. It is alleged that the doctor was using the Ketamine along with talk therapy to control at least one of the victims.

All medical professionals, including therapists, have a duty to provide competent and professional care. In a doctor-patient scenario, the medical professional holds great power over the patient and has a responsibility to behave appropriately. When a medical professional crosses the line, the consequences can be devastating for a patient. While in the aforementioned case, it was a Massachusetts therapist who allegedly sexually abused his patients; the sad reality is that this type of behavior is common in Maryland and virtually every other state.

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Doctors and other medical professionals have a duty to treat their patients with the utmost care and respect. Unfortunately, this does not always happen, and medical professionals end up abusing their patients in some way. If you or someone close to you has suffered sexual abuse by a doctor or medical professional, we can help. At Arfaa Law Group, our Baltimore medical malpractice attorneys can examine the facts of your case and help you determine your legal options.

A former USA Gymnastics doctor, Larry Nassar, has been all over the news lately for sexually abusing his patients. The list of known victims has grown to 265, and he was recently sentenced to 175 years in prison for the decades of abuse that took place. His victims included Olympic gold medal winners Aly Raisman and Jordyn Wieber. Unfortunately, sexual misconduct by medical doctors is more common than you may think.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution analyzed more than 100,000 medical disciplinary records dating back to 1999 and discovered that more than 3,100 doctors across the country had been found guilty of sexual misconduct. More than 2,400 doctors’ cases clearly involved patients. The improprieties included abusing patients, harassing employees, and viewing child pornography. Perhaps the most shocking finding of the report, however, was that half of the physicians disciplined for abusing patients still have medical licenses. In another survey of nearly 500 women conducted by the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), 27 percent said they had been violated by a doctor; the doctor’s behavior ranged from lewd comments to masturbation, wrongful touching, and even rape.

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