Whom should you pursue if your doctor abuses you?

In 2013 Davinder Jeet Bains, a GP, was jailed for 12 years for abusing patients sexually and filming the incidents, 39 in total, on a camera concealed in a watch.

The conviction leaves people who suffered in a strong position to pursue civil compensation claims, against the doctor and potentially against his employers.

As with all such compensation cases, it is important to review the circumstances before deciding whom to sue.

The doctor concerned may have money and assets with which to pay compensation, but if there is a high number of claimants there may not be enough money to go round.

Professionals such as doctors are required to have liability insurance so you could pursue the insurer, provided the policy covered claims for gross professional malpractice and specifically abuse.

If processes for safeguarding patients were weak or not in place, it could also be possible to sue the GP practice and / or its insurers, or indeed the NHS authority that commissioned the practice.

While there are legal time limits for bringing personal injury claims, the limits can be waived in abuse cases, so even if you were abused by a doctor many years ago you may still be able to bring a case.

We offer initial consultations free, without obligation and in total confidence, so if you would like to discuss your situation and the options open to you, please contact etc.


Below is a selection of organisations/instutions/bodies we are frequently instructed to pursue.

Schools

  • Private schools, boarding schools, local authority schools, closed schools, hospital schools.

Charities

  • The Scouts Association, St Johns Ambulance, MIND, the Children’s Society, Barnados.

Private companies

  • Football trainers, judo teachers, dance instructors, swimming instructors, holiday activity centres, nurseries, youth clubs.

Local Authorities/Ministry of Defence

  • County Councils, Borough Councils, City Councils, ILEA, cadets, navy/ army (forces).

National Health Service Trusts/Commissioning Boards/GPs

  • Hospitals, Disability care centres, children’s care providers.

Perpetrators

  • Convicted perpetrators, acquitted perpetrators.

Children’s Homes

  • Respite care, full time children’s home, part-time children’s homes.

Religious Institutions

  • Roman Catholic Church, United Synagogue, Sisters of Nazareth, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christian Brothers Order.

Foster Carers

  • Permanent carers, temporary carers

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