How Did Dr. James Heaps Get Away With Sexual Abuse?
While the answer to the above question can be highly complicated, the bottom line is that we trust our doctors to give us the best medical care and behave ethically and respectfully when we are under their care. However, when that trust is violated in such an extreme way, such as sexual abuse, it can be shocking, leaving victims frozen, scared, and unsure about what to do next.
Former UCLA gynecologist Dr. James Heaps is facing 21 counts of sexual abuse offenses, as well as civil and class action lawsuits. He was employed at UCLA Health as an obstetrician-gynecologist from February 2014 to June 2018. Here’s what you need to know.
Is UCLA Being Held Liable?
Hundreds of women sexually assaulted by Dr. James Heaps that opted out of the class-action lawsuit are eligible to file individual claims against Dr. James Heaps and UCLA. UCLA can be held liable for failing to warn the public about Dr. James Heaps when they received complaints from patients about sexual abuse and inappropriate conduct. According to an article published by the Los Angeles Times, UCLA officials did not immediately remove Dr. James Heaps from campus or restrict his practice to protect the public while investigating the allegations.
The Statute of Limitations and Filing a Claim Against Dr. James Heaps
If you opted out of the class-action lawsuit by May 5, 2021, you might still be eligible to file a civil suit against Dr. James Heaps and UCLA. The statute of limitations for filing a sexual abuse claim in California is ten years from the date of the sexual assault or three years after discovering the assault, whichever date is later.
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When You Need Help Speaking Out Against Your Abuser
At KMD Law we know that speaking out about sexual assault can be a frightening experience. If you or a loved one were subjected to sexual assault by a medical professional, you have the right to seek compensation. Know that you are not alone, the sexual abuse was not your fault, and we believe you.
Contact us today at (833) 456-3529 to learn your rights.