DuPage Medical Group has been accused of negligence in its indifference to patient safety amid sexual abuse, sexual assault, and battery accusations against obstetrician-gynecologist Vernon Cannon, M.D. of Bloomingdale, Illinois.
The lawsuit was filed on April 30, 2021, by Hurley McKenna & Mertz on behalf of an adult female patient known to the court as Jane Doe.
Jane Doe alleges Cannon began unconsented and unwelcomed physical and sexual contact during a May 25, 2018 colposcopy appointment at a DuPage Medical Group facility and that DuPage Medical Group negligently employed Cannon despite reports from numerous patients that he practiced while inebriated.
Below, we provide a compilation of valuable resources and explanations for those looking to learn more about the pending case.
Where Is DuPage Medical Group?
DuPage Medical Group is now Duly Health and Care. Duly Health and Care (F/K/A DuPage Medical Group or DMG) has a corporate headquarters in Downers Grove, Illinois. According to their website, the organization is the largest independent, multi-specialty physician-directed medical group in the Midwest. It has more than 900 primary care and specialty care physicians, and over 6,000 team members in over 150 locations.
The organization has roots throughout the midwest, which is why it must be held accountable for its lack of patient protection amid sexual abuse, sexual assault, and battery accusations.
What Is Negligence?
There are different types of negligence: negligent supervision, failure to institute adequate policies and procedures, failure to provide an effective “chain of command,” and negligent credentialing.
In the DuPage Medical Group case, Cannon’s victim alleges that DMG/Duly was negligent in several ways, including negligent supervision of Dr. Cannon and failure to draft and enforce appropriate policies to protect patients. DMG/Duly allegedly received complaints about Dr. Cannon’s misconduct yet disregarded them, failing to intervene with disciplinary actions to protect patients.
Victims are coming forward. Join the fight if you, too, are a victim of Dr. Cannon and the DuPage Medical Group.
Who Is Dr. Vernon T. Cannon?
Vernon T. Cannon, M.D. is a former DuPage Medical Group OB/GYN who practiced in Bartlett, Bloomingdale, Naperville, and Wheaton, Illinois. He also had hospital privileges at Northwestern Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Illinois. Cannon was a DuPage Medical Group employee from 2007-2019.
Was I Sexually Abused?
Incidents of sexual abuse in a medical setting are both traumatic for the victim and a problem in the United States. Often, victims of sexual abuse are left feeling baffled and alone. If a doctor sexually abused you, know that resources are available to help you find closure.
If you experienced anything that sounds like or is related to the examples below while a patient at DuPage Medical Group, you could be a victim of its alleged negligence and may be able to sue.
Consider the following examples before contacting an attorney:
- A doctor or employee makes unwanted physical contact.
- A doctor performed a procedure you didn’t agree to.
- A doctor or employee makes you feel uncomfortable in any way.
- Something that didn’t seem right happened to you, even if a doctor or employee reassured you that it was okay.
- A doctor or employee propositions you or seeks to engage in a non-professional or inappropriate relationship with you.
When Did the DuPage Medical Group Lawsuit Begin?
A patient of Dr. Cannon’s alleges Cannon sexually abused her in May 2018. You can learn more about the details of this allegation here.
DuPage Medical Group asked the Circuit Court on August 3, 2021 to dismiss the complaint, alleging that they had no lawful obligation to oversee Cannon or protect the victim from Cannon’s wrongdoing. You can view Jane Doe’s response to that request here.
Nevertheless, records show that patients informed the Group that Dr. Cannon was intoxicated and slurred his words during patient visits in 2018 and 2019. Yet, Dr. Cannon was allowed to continue practicing at DuPage Medical Group in 2018 and 2019.
Almost a year later, on August 4, 2022, the Circuit Court of Cook County denied DuPage Medical Group’s motion to dismiss Jane Doe’s complaint and ruled that the case should move ahead.
How Can I Sue DuPage Medical Group?
To know whether your incident has legal grounds for filing a lawsuit against DuPage Medical Group, we encourage you to speak with an experienced attorney.
Skilled attorneys will not only be able to understand your background and apply the law to it, but they also have connections to industry professionals across many fields, such as healthcare. These experts can offer unique perspectives that may help your case.
Hurley McKenna & Mertz has represented thousands of sexual abuse victims and comprehends the emotional nature of reliving your experience. However, as highly challenging as it may be, the possibility of seeking rectitude and potentially recovering damages can aid in the closure process.
Our office encourages victims and witnesses to contact us immediately to help bring justice to Jane Doe and others in her shoes.
Hurley McKenna and Mertz’s Involvement in the DuPage Medical Group Lawsuit
“Sexual abuse in the doctor-patient setting violates the foundation of a relationship that must be built on trust,” explained Evan Smola, partner at Hurley McKenna & Mertz. “We allege that DuPage Medical Group, despite repeated reports of Dr. Cannon practicing while intoxicated, did nothing to investigate the reports or discipline Dr. Cannon. My client wants answers as to how this could happen at such a sophisticated practice. We would encourage anyone with any information about Dr. Cannon or DuPage Medical Group to come forward.”
You can listen to Evan’s interview on WBBM Newsradio here.
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