PHOENIX (3Television/CBS 5) — A civil lawsuit has been filed against the Mayo Clinic in Maricopa County Outstanding Courtroom. The lawsuit alleges that Mayo did not do plenty of to reduce a person of its healthcare vendors from sexually assaulting two patients when the patients have been not able to move or converse.
Legal professional Alicia Funkhouser represents the two girls, known as Jane Doe and Mary Roe, to safeguard their identities. “Both clients were in an amazingly susceptible condition,” explained Funkhouser. “They were being equally incapacitated when they have been taken edge of.”
The lawsuit states that in June 2021, a lady with a neurological dysfunction went to Mayo’s Phoenix campus and was despatched for an X-ray. That is when the radiology technician reportedly sexually assaulted Jane Doe while she was incapacitated. The court docket paperwork states, “Although Jane Doe was not able to move or talk, she was conscious all through the assault.”
“This incident has turned my lifetime upside down,” mentioned Jane Doe. “I have been in intense remedy considering that this occurred, and living my daily lifetime has been particularly complicated. I want to do everything I can to make guaranteed this in no way happens to yet another girl who is getting medical treatment.”
“All sexual assault circumstances are devastating to the victims,” said Funhouser. “This one particular is particularly egregious for the reason that with the 2nd assault especially, it was preventable.”
The lawsuit states that Jane Doe described the incident to a nurse when she could talk yet again, but a supervisor wasn’t named in appropriate away, and neither were the law enforcement. In accordance to the lawsuit, the technician was authorized back again to function three days afterwards.
In December 2021, individual Mary Roe reported that she was sexually assaulted even though incapacitated by the exact same radiology technician. The radiology technician has been recognized as Jordan Baker. Baker reportedly committed suicide in January 2022, just days soon after police interrogated him. The lawsuit promises Mayo Clinic was negligent for allowing Baker back on the career when letting him see individuals without having supervision.
“The motive my purchasers wanted to talk out about this and provide this scenario is for the reason that they are anxious there are other ladies out there who may well have been in an incapacitated condition and might not have been as aware as these two victims had been when the assault was happening,” said Funkhouser.
The Mayo Clinic introduced this assertion:
“Mayo Clinic is dedicated to furnishing a harmless and healing surroundings for clients. When these incidents ended up claimed to healthcare facility staff, they had been promptly investigated. Mayo Clinic cooperated entirely with regulation enforcement and achieved all related reporting necessities in this issue. Out of respect for the privateness of all those people included, we will not remark on the recently filed lawful motion.”
Baker also worked at two other hospitals in the Valley, increasing the likelihood that more alleged victims could occur forward.
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