Irwin Mitchell Achieves Out Of Court Settlement For GP Abuse Victims

Irwin Mitchell Achieves Out Of Court Settlement For GP Abuse Victims

Specialist abuse solicitor, Rosanna Thorne, represented over 30 women who were sexually abused and assaulted by their GP.

The GP regularly assaulted female patients by convincing them that they needed to undergo unnecessary intimate examinations. His crimes were eventually discovered after more than two decades and the GP was sent to prison.

Rosanna was able to establish that the Primary Care Trust responsible for the GP practice had failed to act upon numerous formal complaints made by patients over the years. This allowed the GP to continue to practise and abuse his patients for a lengthy and avoidable period of time. The abuse had a devastating effect on the victims’ lives.

One client, Stacey, was abused by the GP from the age of 16 until she was 25. Upon discovering that the examinations had been unnecessary, Stacey was left feeling shocked and ashamed. Consequently, Stacey wanted to avoid any intimate contact with her partner and their relationship broke down. Stacey’s trust towards the medical profession was also destroyed as a result of the abuse.

Evidence from a medical professional also revealed that Stacey required therapy to address her difficulties.

The Primary Care Trust accepted that there had been some failings and they made an offer of compensation to Stacey which she accepted.  

Expert solicitor Rosanna Thorne, said: “Unfortunately, the sheer devastation of what had happened to Stacey meant that, like many victims of abuse, she felt unable to come forward for many years. The compensation secured has allowed Stacey to secure the treatment she required to help her to rebuild her life."

If you've suffered from abuse from your GP you could be entitled to claim compensation. Visit our GP Negligence Claims page for more information.

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