When we think about medical facilities hospitals, medical clinics, and doctors' offices we assume they are safe places where medical professionals care for us and look out for our best interests. This is especially important given just how vulnerable most of us are when we find ourselves in the hospital. Unfortunately, not everyone who works at a hospital is a good person with a clean background. Did you know, for example, that sex offenders can be granted medical licenses in most states, including Illinois? You probably didn't know, and now are a bit concerned. That's understandable!
At Dixon Law Office, we believe that patients deserve safe care from medical professionals who have proven themselves to be responsible, law-abiding citi
zens. If you or a loved one has been the victim of abuse or other inappropriate behavior by a medical professional, we want to help.
The medical industry is a rather unique one in that we literally place our lives in the hands of the employees working within it. We expect that the individuals who take care of us and will do their best to ensure that we regain our health. There is an implicit form of trust between patient and doctor/medical professional that is necessary and important. When that trust is broken, the consequences can be disastrous for both patient and hospital.
All of this, of course, brings us back to the fact that in many areas in the United States of America, registered sex offenders can be granted a medical license. Note that this is the case even if a doctor faces time behind bars due to their actions depending upon the state and licensing board in question, many of these individuals can go right back to working again once they have been released.
In Illinois, you might consider the case of Dr. DeHaan, who was first reported as sexually abusing patients in 2009. The board didn't act until 2014, meaning that Dr. DeHaan was allowed to continue seeing patients for five years and even then, they only temporarily suspended his license. It is also worth noting that the license suspension coincided with healthcare fraud accusations, not necessarily the sexual abuse charges.
Have you or a loved one been a victim of abuse? If so, contact Dixon Law Office today. We can help you through this difficult time and ensure that your rights and your needs are upheld.