A third female has come forward claiming that anesthesiologist Yashwant B. Giri sexually assaulted her. All three patients underwent surgery at Placentia-Linda Hospital.
Girl, is now accused of molesting a 16-year-old girl in 2009, a 28-year-old woman in 2010. and a 36-year-old female earlier this year. He has been charged with sexual abuse. Hospital employees have also said that they saw Girl sexually abuse two of the victims.
The latest woman to come forward says that Girl assaulted her in a private room before she was put under for surgery. The Orange County-Register reports that she finally decided to come forward after her therapist and loved one's encouraged her to speak out.
Sexual Abuse by Doctors
Sexual abuse inflicted by anyone can be a very traumatic experience. When a medical professional is the offender, it is a huge breach of his/her obligation to provide a patient with a certain level of care. Doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists, and surgeons have access to patients' bodies because they are tasked with providing the proper treatment. When that privilege is abused it can result in devastating emotional and psychological injuries, as well as physical injuries.
In California, victims can sue a medical professional, including psychotherapists, for Orange County, California sex abuse damages. It can also be grounds for Placentia medical malpractice against the health care provider or professional.
Possible defendants may include the abuser and the health care facility where the sexual abuse happened. Did administrators know that the medical professional may have molested people in the past? Where appropriate steps were taken to prevent sexual assault and abuse from happening at the hospital/medical facility? Were previous complaints of sexual assault against the doctor/nurse/surgeon/anesthesiologist investigated? Was someone with a criminal background or past history of abuse allowed to work at the hospital?
If the victim of sexual abuse is a child, special circumstances may allow for a later claim. A few months ago, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued its first policy to protect kids from sex abuse by doctors. Parents and their children should be notified that they are entitled to having a chaperone with kids at exams. Health care institutions should notify authorities about suspected sex abuse.
The policy called any type of child sex abuse by medical providers a "profound betrayal" of the patient and medical ethics. That said, adult patients should also be protected from sexual assault by a medical professional or anyone else while receiving treatment at a facility.
Our Anaheim personal injury law firm is familiar with the devastation sex abuse can cause on a victim's life. Many of the injuries are not visible to the naked eye, but the damage that sexual assault can wreak on a person's personal life, professional life, emotional health, and mental well-being can cause ramifications that cannot be denied.
Doctors' group issues policy on sex abuse of children, Los Angeles Times/AP, July 19, 2011
Third victim alleges abused by doctor, OC Register, October 25, 2011
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