This medical malpractice case has once again named a doctor who has been named before in previous sexual harassment lawsuits. According to the story, a woman filed a lawsuit on July 7 against Hope Clinic PLLC and the doctor in question. She has cited civil assault, battery, emotional distress, false imprisonment, premises liability and other reasons for the lawsuit stemming from appointments with the doctor in 2010.
She has claimed that the doctor in question sexually harassed and battered her when she went to treatments with him. In one visit, she reported that the doctor had instructed her to lie on her stomach. At that point, the doctor allegedly rubbed his erect penis against her hand.
When the woman tried to report the man’s behavior to the Drug Enforcement Administration, the agent allegedly said, “Shame on you, doc.” Knowing that her complaint did little, she complained again to another DEA agent. After that, her medications were cut in half and continued to be decreased.
In 1997, the same doctor had been accused of sexual contact with four different patients. Those allegations were dismissed because the patients were allegedly not credible witnesses. The doctor previously retired or surrendered his license in Ohio in 2000, stating that he wouldn’t apply again. That was only three years after the State Medical Board of Ohio gave notice that they intended to take action against the doctor.
In 2012, the West Virginia Board of Medicine found that the doctor had engaged in unprofessional and unethical conduct. A statement of charges was issued, and the board went as far as to say that the man would likely continue to practice unethically and inappropriately unless the board took action. His license was suspended in 2012.
If you’ve been involved in a situation like this in Ohio, you know it’s unfair that a doctor has been allowed to continue to practice despite evidence of medical malpractice. You can seek compensation through a civil lawsuit against the doctor.