A doctor in Washington has been suspended after multiple patients have come forward with allegations of sexual assault. Court documents reveal that the alleged assaults all took place in his office at a medical center in Port Angeles. Three patients say they were subjected to inappropriate comments before being assaulted during medical exams. The doctor would allegedly use the examination process to convince patients that their assaults were part of the standard procedure.
The doctor in question has had his license suspended. Until charges are settled, he will be unable to practice medicine in Washington.
The Impact of Allegations
A sexual harassment or assault allegation – even if untrue – can have a serious impact on your medical license. When someone makes a claim against you, whatever their motivation, an investigation must be launched. This investigation can affect your reputation, license, and future as a physician. Whether you're facing a sexual assault claim pursuant to an alleged federal, state, or ethical violation, it's important to have an experienced professional license defense attorney representing you.
Claims of sexual misconduct against healthcare professionals often have multiple components, including criminal prosecution, civil suits, and disciplinary proceedings. It's important to have a rock-solid defense for you and your license with an attorney who can help you manage your way through a potentially life-changing period.
After the investigatory process is complete, the medical licensing board may find that there has been no violation of the law. In this case, no disciplinary action will follow. However, if a violation is found to have occurred, you may face public reprimanding. Fines are also possible. Depending on the severity of the violation, the board may impose conditions and restrictions on your license. In some cases, doctors see their license suspended or revoked altogether.
License revocation can have long-reaching consequences. In many cases, it means doctors must find a new career path. In others, it means starting their careers fresh in a new location. Either way, the stain on one's record can jeopardize their ability to earn a living.
There are a number of legal defenses you can employ to combat claims of medical sexual misconduct. Common defenses to these kinds of allegations include consent of the alleged victim, attempted extortion by the alleged victim, and medical treatment that was clinically appropriate.
If you or someone you love is facing a potential claim that could impact your professional license, it's important to seek the advice of an experienced professional license defense attorney.
Contact Attorney Joseph D. Lento Today
With so much on the line, it's important to take action as soon as you learn that allegations have been made against you. Attorney Joseph D. Lento and his team can answer questions you have about your situation and offer guidance on next steps. When allegations are this serious, there's no margin for error. Call the Lento Law Firm today at 888-535-3686 to learn more.