Holding Medical Professionals Accountable for Sexual Assault

Holding Medical Professionals Accountable for Sexual Assault: Legal Options for Victims

Trust is fundamental to any medical professional’s relationship with their patients, but what happens when that trust is violated? Regrettably, sexual misconduct in the medical field is more common than we’d like to admit.

The high-profile cases involving ob-gyn Dr. Robert Hadden, Utah’s ob-gyn David Broadbent, and NY Presbyterian’s urologist Dr. Darius Paduch underscore the urgent need for awareness, prevention, and accountability.

So, what can victims do to seek justice? This blog post explores the legal options available.

Unmasking the Issue

The cases of Dr. Robert Hadden, Dr. David Broadbent, and Dr. Darius Paduch highlight a disturbing issue. These medical professionals, who were supposed to provide care and support, instead exploited their positions of power and trust. Acknowledging this problem is the first step toward solving it.

The Legal Path for Victims

If you or a loved one has been a victim of such an unfortunate incident, you have rights. One of the main legal options is to file a lawsuit. A lawsuit can be filed against both the medical professional who committed the assault and the institution of Columbia University that failed to prevent it.

Lawsuits can lead to various outcomes, including financial compensation for physical, emotional, and psychological damages. They can also revoke the medical professional’s license, preventing them from harming others. 

While no amount of compensation can erase the trauma, it can help support recovery and closure. At The DiPietro Law Firm, we are deeply committed to ensuring individuals understand their rights, are informed about the prevalence of sexual abuse, and are empowered to stand against such medical malpractices.

Importance of Legal Representation

Legal proceedings can be complex, intimidating, and emotionally draining. Here, an experienced attorney can be an invaluable ally. An attorney can help in several ways:

  • Evaluate the Case: A lawyer can review your situation, inform you of your legal rights, and plan a course of action.
  • Collect Evidence: Your attorney can help assemble necessary evidence, including medical records, witness testimonies, and other pertinent documents, to solidify your case.
  • Representation: From the filing of the lawsuit to negotiation settlements or advocating for you in court, your attorney stands by your side throughout the process.

Anthony T. DiPietro’s Law Firm has consistently led the charge in addressing sexual assault cases within the medical sector. Over the last 23 years, DiPietro has tirelessly dedicated his professional efforts to hold doctors like Dr. Robert Hadden, ob-gyn David Broadbent, and urologist Dr. Darius Paduch to account for any sexual assault and exploitation inflicted upon their patients.

Esteemed by numerous legal entities, DiPietro has been acknowledged by Super Lawyers™ and Best Lawyers in America™. Listed among the Top 100 High Stakes litigators in the United States, he has also contributed his expertise at the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers for legal education.

Taking the Initiative

Your decision to seek justice is vital in this fight against sexual misconduct in healthcare settings. Standing up against such violations not only paves the way for your healing and empowers other victims to speak up. There are numerous support groups and professional counselors ready to provide emotional support and guidance on this challenging journey.

At DiPietro Law Firm, we acknowledge the medical malpractice victims’ deep emotional and psychological toll of medical malpractice victims and strive to hold the responsible parties accountable. We take pride in being the nation’s first law firm to offer complimentary counseling sessions by a licensed professional while tirelessly advocating for your rights.

In conclusion, victims of sexual assault in medical settings have concrete legal options to hold the perpetrators accountable. Collaborating with an experienced attorney helps victims effectively navigate the legal system, contributing to a safer and more accountable healthcare environment for all.

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Founder Anthony T. DiPietro, Esq. is a compassionate and skilled trial attorney who has completely dedicated the past 23 years of his career to litigating medical malpractice and sexual abuse cases against major corporate institutions including hospitals, medical clinics, schools, and other wrongdoers.

Mr. DiPietro has also obtained some of New York State’s highest verdicts and settlements, and has been selected to New York State Super Lawyers® each year, for the past 10 years in a row.

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Years of Abuse:  1987 – 2016


Robert Hadden, a disgraced Obstetrician-Gynecologist (OB/GYN) who worked for Columbia University and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, was criminally convicted in 2016 of sexually exploiting and abusing patients under the guise of medical care.

Hadden used his position of authority and trust to sexually exploit women and girls for nearly three decades as a Columbia University physician.

All the while, Columbia University and New York-Presbyterian Hospital administrators turned their backs and ignored reports of Hadden’s abuse, gaslighting patients and the public.

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Years of Abuse:  1979 – 2022


David H. Broadbent is a former OB/GYN under criminal investigation and facing civil lawsuits for sexual abuse of patients.

Broadent worked at multiple medical facilities in the Provo, Orem and Salt Lake City, UT areas.

These facilities included Intermountain Healthcare’s Utah Valley Hospital, MountainStar Healthcare’s Timpanogos Hospital, other Utah health care providers, and he also had adverse action taken against his medical license back in 1990.

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Years of Abuse:  1961 – 1996


22 predator teachers and administrators, over the course of 35 years.

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