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Health Care Sexual Abuse Lawyer

People who commit sexual abuse often try to take advantage of our most vulnerable populations. Unfortunately, this commonly happens in health care settings where abusers take advantage of those on medication or with physical or mental health problems that make recognizing and reporting abuse challenging. The health care sexual abuse lawyers at Cordisco & Saile LLC help guide clients through the legal process, fighting for maximum compensation for their economic and non-economic damages.

This page has been written and edited by a team of experienced legal writers . This page was approved by Managing Partner, Michael Saile who has more than 20 years of legal experience as a personal injury attorney.

This page has been written and edited by a team of experienced legal writers . This page was approved by Managing Partner, Michael Saile who has more than 20 years of legal experience as a personal injury attorney.

Sexual abuse in health care settings affects people of all ages, especially those most vulnerable, such as children, the elderly, people using medications, or those with physical or mental health problems. Abusers take advantage of these situations, and their employers often don’t do enough to prevent their actions.

The health care sexual abuse lawyers at Cordisco & Saile LLC fight for people who deserve economic and non-economic damages from their abuser and those in a position to stop them. We fiercely advocate for our most vulnerable citizens and don’t back down from health care providers and insurance companies.

Why Choose a Cordisco & Saile Health Care Sexual Abuse Lawyer?

Our personal injury lawyers at Cordisco & Saile have experience in adult and child sexual abuse cases. We have a Superb 10.0 Avvo rating, are part of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100, and our attorneys are recognized as Pennsylvania Super Lawyers.

We take great pride in client testimonials that note our hard work, ability to tackle complex legal matters, and how well we communicate with and help guide our clients through the legal process. Our case results include $10 million for a first responder hurt in a truck accident and $2.9 million for a motorcycle accident victim.

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Can I Sue a Health Care Provider For Sexual Abuse?

You can sue a health care professional for sexual abuse, and their organization may also be liable. Hospitals, residential care facilities, and others have a duty of care to their patients. They may be held responsible if they have poor security, a lack of proper background checks, or other problems that make it easier for the perpetrator to commit abuse.

Once your attorney investigates your case, they will prepare a complaint and file your lawsuit. They share information with the other attorneys during the so-called discovery phase. They then negotiate for a settlement and, if necessary, prepare your case for trial to fight for you in court.

The process can be overwhelming for sexual abuse victims. They often must relive their abuse during legal proceedings, sometimes including testifying about it in depositions or court hearings. The compassionate health care sexual abuse attorneys at Cordisco & Saile will help prepare you for every step and answer any questions you have to make the process easier for you and your family.

Defining and Proving Sexual Abuse by Health Care Professionals

The definition of sexual abuse is not limited to sexual acts with penetration. It can also include actions such as the following:

  • Fondling of breasts, sexual organs, or the buttocks
  • Forcing a victim to touch the perpetrator
  • Deliberate exposure
  • Masturbation
  • Penetration or touching with fingers or with an object

If you aren’t sure whether you or a loved one were a victim of health care sexual abuse, contact the Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys at Cordisco & Saile. We have the resources to investigate your claim thoroughly and take on doctors, other health care providers, and their insurance companies.

Civil Statute of Limitations for Sexual Abuse Claims

Pennsylvania updated its civil statute of limitations for sexual abuse in 2019. People abused before their 18th birthday have until they turn 55 to file a lawsuit. Victims between 18 and 24 must file their cases before their 30th birthday.

If you were 25 or older during your health care sexual abuse, you generally have two years to file your lawsuit. However, there are exceptions for people who did not learn about their sexual abuse until later or who have a disability that stopped them from filing.

The health care sexual abuse lawyers at Cordisco & Saile can determine the deadline for filing your lawsuit and ensure you file in time to preserve your rights to compensation.

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Where Does Health Care Sexual Abuse Take Place?

Sexual abuse in health care settings often occurs where patients are most vulnerable. Predators take advantage of physical and mental health conditions or the use of medications that make victims unable to stop predators or report what is happening. Others take advantage of their positions of authority to claim that the touching or other sexual actions were just part of their job or that patients don’t remember correctly.

Doctors Offices and Hospitals

People who visit doctors, dentists, and hospitals experience sexual abuse that may not be obvious. If you are under sedation, you may not realize until later that you are a victim. There may be touching that a health care professional says was part of a normal examination but was unnecessary and constituted abuse.

Nursing Homes

Predators at nursing home workers often take advantage of residents’ memory problems or other issues that make them vulnerable. They may choose victims who don’t have a strong support network or those who may pass away before anyone notices the abuse.

If you have an elderly loved one who reports abuse in a nursing home, contact the experienced health care sexual abuse attorneys at Cordisco & Saile so we can help you investigate their claim and fight for justice.

Psychiatric Care Facilities

People under psychiatric care may be medicated or have mental health issues that prevent them from fighting against or reporting sexual abuse. Abusers may claim their victims consented to sexual actions even though they cannot consent.

People under psychiatric care must fight to make people believe them when harmed. If you or a loved one has suffered sexual abuse in a psychiatric care facility, the personal injury attorneys at Cordisco & Saile will listen, ask questions with compassion, and fight for compensation for your harm.

Juvenile Residential Facilities

Juveniles in residential facilities run by the state or private organizations face sexual abuse by doctors, nurses, and medical staff. These facilities often have on-site medical services, leaving victims with few options to report their abuse to outsiders. 

People who prey on juveniles often use fear to stop them from reporting their abuse, or they count on younger juveniles not understanding that what is happening to them is sexual abuse. 

Rehabilitation Facilities

Sexual abusers in drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities take advantage of people who are already at a low point medically and emotionally. Abusers hope that patients won’t bother with a complaint or that no one will believe them because of their past behavior. 

Compensation Available in Health Care Sexual Abuse Cases

If you were a victim of sexual abuse in a health care setting, your attorney can help you fight for economic and non-economic damages such as:

  • Medical bills
  • Mental health treatment expenses
  • Lost wages, 
  • Lost educational or business opportunities
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress

The amount of compensation you can receive depends on the circumstances of your case. A respected health care sexual abuse lawyer from Cordisco & Saile can identify the liable parties and help you pursue the maximum compensation you deserve.

Get Help From the Health Care Sexual Abuse Lawyers at Cordisco & Saile

If you or a loved one has suffered sexual abuse in a health care setting, you need an attorney with the experience, resources, tenacity, and compassion to get you through the process of filing a lawsuit. 

Contact our nationally recognized lawyers at Cordisco & Saile today so we can help.

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