Texas – January 20, 2020

When children are abused at the hands of a health care professional who has an obligation to perform their required duties with a higher standard of care, a childcare injury attorney is recommended.  Professional malpractice may be considered for damage compensation for victims who have been abused during counseling sessions with a board certified internist who claims to specialize his visits to teenagers’ needs without the use of a physician assistant, or nurse practitioners in his office setting.

Safe child health services.

A fourth civil lawsuit has been filed against a Longview doctor accused of sexually assaulting boys during counseling sessions.  The doctor was charged in August with two counts of continuous sexual abuse of a child younger than 14 and released the same day on bonds totaling $1 million.  The services of health professionals who can attend to physical, mental, and behavioral health is important to child welfare. When children are injured, or harmed, while under the care of a licensed professional who owes them a specific duty of care, a malpractice  attorney can be of assistance in addressing concerns of safety for the child and their family.

Transparency of care.

Doctors should not be allowed to have confidential relationships with minor patients to the exclusion of parents, guardians, and other health care providers.  Private access to health care providers by offering special contact information is not acceptable in the treatment of minor patients.

Actions that can decrease dangers to children during office visits include:

  • Advocates who inform children from all home settings of their right to report any allegations of abuse, or harm.
  • Minors should always be protected by the availability of a staff member being present in a room where examinations are performed.
  • Minor patients should always have their information shared with parents and guardians who are offering care, unless there is a risk that has been determined, in which case the health care provider has an obligation to report potential abuse, or harm to the state authorities.

Hire a lawyer.

Seek legal counsel from an experienced professional attorney who understands childcare harm laws and how to support a case for damages when a child becomes a victim. They will adhere to Texas statute of limitations for personal injury actions and initiate legal claims within that two year timeline from the date an injury occurred.  The Cooper Law Firm has the resources to move forward to a proper settlement that is unique to each child abuse harm case.

 

Cooper Law Firm

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2222
Longview, TX 75606

 

Physical Address: 501 N Third St,
Longview, TX 75601

 

Telephone ; (903) 297-0037
Toll-Free: 1-855-297-HURT (4878)
Facsimile: (903) 236-0035

 

Sources.

 

https://www.cbs19.tv/article/news/local/fourth-lawsuit-against-longview-doctor-claims-he-sought-vulnerable-child-patients/501-14c376c9-b3c6-497d-80e0-872be27ce453

 

https://www.doc4teens.com/teen-health.html

 

https://www.cdc.gov/safechild/index.html

 

https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/TN/htm/TN.601.htm#601.051

 

https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/SDocs/CIVILPRACTICEANDREMEDIESCODE.pdf

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