Inappropriate sexual behavior between a doctor and a patient takes advantage of the patient and compromises the faith that we have in the medical profession and those who work in the industry. Sexual misconduct can be any action that the physician consents to or initiates from intercourse to sex talk and groping to flirting. This type of sexual conduct violates the doctor-patient code and clearly puts that trust factor that we all value in jeopardy.
According to one study, two percent of all doctor complaints are due to incidents involving sexual indecency with a patient. Additional research has shown that nine percent of physicians have engaged in some sexual encounter with a patient, and 23 percent of patients admit to having more than a business relationship with their physicians.
Health services administrators have agreed that sexual misconduct between doctors and patients is dangerous and intolerable. They are supposed to be there to assist you with your physical and mental problems--not use you for their own satisfaction.
Common examples of doctor sexual misconduct include:
Doctors who cross the line with patients do not only risk permanently damaging their reputations, but their patients' health becomes susceptible due to the mental and physical stress that accompanies a relationship of this nature. As public awareness on this topic spreads, it is essential that physicians stay on their side of the boundary in order to perform the duty expected of them without the corruption. Any amount of sexual misconduct is completely unacceptable, and the doctor can be held liable for these actions. If you have a personal account of sexual misconduct and would like to inquire as to what your options may be, contact a Florida medical malpractice attorney today.
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