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First, do no harm.” The modern translation of the oath written by Greek physician, Hippocrates, is still held sacred by many physicians. Unfortunately, some physicians ignore their oath and use their position to prey upon those who place their full trust in the physician. Several highly publicized cases have brought the issue to the forefront. The case against USA Gymnastics physician, Dr. Larry Nasser, demonstrates how he was able to sexually assault hundreds of young women because he was a doctor — using his trusted position and the safe confines of a doctor’s exam room. The case against Dr. Steven Matulis, a Charleston, WV gastroenterologist. And, now, the case against Dr. Jonathan Yates, a physician at at the Beckley VA Medical Center who was sentenced to 25 years in prison for sexually abusing patients.
An Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation in 2016 identified more than 2,400 cases of doctors across the country who had sexually assaulted their patients. The investigation found that half of these physicians were still licensed to practice medicine. One pediatrician assaulted as many as 1,000 children before being sent to prison.
The law firm of Preston & Salango has recovered tens of millions of dollars on behalf of victims of sexual abuse by a healthcare provider. We have the experience necessary to take on the healthcare provider, doctor, nurse, and hospital to make sure that justice is served.
Please call (304) 342-0512 today for a free consultation. Preston & Salango serves Charleston, Beckley, Clarksburg, Huntington, Morgantown, and all of West Virginia.Categories: Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury