The ongoing lawsuit against DuPage Medical Group has raised many questions from current and former patients. Here’s what we know: DuPage Medical Group is under fire for alleged negligence with regard to a female patient who claims she was sexually abused by Dr. Vernon Cannon, an obstetrician gynecologist within the practice. You can listen to Hurley McKenna & Mertz partner Evan Smola recent news interview regarding Dr. Cannon’s misconduct at DuPage Medical Group here.
The patient, known to the courts as Jane Doe, went in for an outpatient gynecological medical procedure and claims Dr. Cannon initiated unwelcomed and unconsented physical contact with her during the time of the procedure.
DuPage’s own records show multiple patient complaints about Dr. Cannon practicing while intoxicated. For its complacency and inaction in addressing the complaints and/or disciplining Dr. Cannon DuPage is accused of negligence.
While the legal system takes action, there may be additional details that will remain confidential in order to protect the case. However, there are still some important questions that can be answered at this time.
What is the Impact of This Type of Abuse?
It’s important to note that while injuries sustained by victims of sexual abuse are occasionally physical, the main impact of their ongoing trauma is emotional and mental. While physical injuries can and do heal over time, the psychological wounds inflicted by individuals in positions of trust and authority can last for years or even decades.
Victims of sexual abuse often experience a lifetime of ongoing trauma. They often spend significant time in therapy learning how to cope with what happened to them. In many instances, these victims suffer lifelong fears and have difficulty in multiple facets of normal life, such as maintaining healthy personal relationships.
What Does Suing DuPage Medical Group Say About Someone’s Opinion of the Medical Field?
It’s natural to have conflicting emotions about filing a claim against a physician or a medical group. As with any circumstance, it’s important to remember that every case is unique, and only a victim can know how their case has impacted their life.
Bringing a lawsuit against a doctor or medical facility does not mean you are against the medical profession. Instead, it means you need help seeking justice for the emotional, economic, and personal losses created by a crime like medical negligence. The law entitles you to fair legal action when your life has been forever altered by instances like sexual abuse at the hands of a physician.
What if I’m a Victim of Sexual Abuse at DuPage Medical Group?
You have the ability to speak up, confidentially. Hurley McKenna & Mertz has successfully taken on many sexual abuse cases to provide a voice to the voiceless, gaining justice for people who suffered tremendously.
But these cases do not see the light of day without a victim first standing up and saying enough is enough.
While it may feel like you are powerless when you are abused by an individual in a position of power or someone you trust, you do have a voice. A known abuser will often continue to seek out new victims until justice is served, and you have the option to seek trusted and supportive legal counsel to help put an end to the abuse.
Now is the Time to Step Forward.
If you or someone you know was a victim of sexual abuse while under the care of a medical professional affiliated with DuPage Medical Group, there is help.
Take the first step by filling out our confidential form. Our skilled, compassionate attorneys will help you determine if you have a claim and can help you seek justice.