According to an analysis by the Austin American-Statesmen, between 1999 and 2016, three out of four doctors that were punished for sexual misconduct with patients did not lose their medical licenses and were allowed to continue working as physicians. The Texas Medical Board has challenged the Statesman’s findings by claiming that the analysis provided to the board included starkly different allegations that were not in the same class of offenses. As Jarret Schneider explained, “We think it is misleading to group all of these cases together regardless of offense. There are very different and varying degrees of boundaries issues addressed in this list, ranging from a physician making an inappropriate remark to sexual assault.”
One doctor was accused of sexually molesting three young girls. Another doctor was accused of grabbing women’s breasts and giving them unnecessary vaginal exams while they were under anesthesia. A neurologist was accused of inappropriately touching at least a dozen women. All three doctors were allowed to keep their licenses to practice medicine. The Texas Medical Board has claimed that it is hard to take stronger actions against doctors if they have been acquitted of sexual offenses in court. Further, witnesses often will not testify and a lack of evidence makes it hard to determine if a violation occurred.
When someone is injured or dies due to a health care provider’s negligence, financial recovery may be available. Such recovery is particularly important when permanent, life changing injuries are incurred. It is important to contact someone who understands the intricacies of the party’s right to recover.
Medical malpractice is a difficult area of law as it requires an understanding of both the legal practice and the mechanics of medicine. Abraham Watkins offers a free consultation to anyone wishing to pursue such claims.