Warning Signs Of Abuse At The Doctor’s Officeentry-title

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American families rely on their healthcare providers to provide quality care for their family members. Going to the doctor’s office for a regular checkup should be a carefree and casual experience, and should not leave anyone feeling unsafe or manipulated. Unfortunately, sexual abuse has become an under recognized issue in the medical practice community. For you and your family members, it’s imperative to know the warning signs that your doctor is committing sexual abuse, or attempting to sexually abuse you. Here’s what to look out for:

  • Prohibit any inappropriate physical contact: Your physician knows that any sexual conduct between a doctor and his or her patient is strictly prohibited. However, this line can easily be crossed if your physician is on a certain comfort level with you and he or she feels like they can safely cross that line. When you realize that your doctor is touching you more than required, recognize what’s happening and reprimand them.
  • Question any bizarre exams or procedures: Visiting a new doctor’s office is a new experience in and of itself, so when your doctor starts performing strange activities and procedures, it can be hard to decipher what’s really going on. However, if your doctor asks to do a random physical exam that’s unrelated to your visit, or requires you to undress at inappropriate times during your appointment without medical justification, you have the right to sue for sexual misconduct.
  • Know your privacy rights: A familiar form of sexual abuse from your doctor is if he or she makes inappropriate comments about or to you relating to your sexual history or any other personal information. Unless it’s directly relating to your visit, your doctor should respect your privacy and not ask anything sexual (nor should he or she share their sexual history with you).

Don’t Be Afraid to Speak Out

Speaking out to your physician and stopping him from being physically or vocally inappropriate is easier said than done. Sexual abuse cases in the medical community have been hidden and pushed under the rug; our society has blind respect for physicians and we don’t want to believe that such a respected people would exploit us.

If you or someone you know has experienced sexual abuse in the medical community, contact the lawyers at Gnau & Tamez immediately so we can help hold your medical provider accountable.

How To Drive Safer On The Freewayentry-title

Auto accidents can happen anywhere and at any time, so there’s no foolproof way to avoid getting into an accident. Freeway accidents, however, can result in deadlier injuries, since speeds are higher and there are more drivers in one area. Safe driving is smart driving, so if you want to be a safer driver on the freeway, follow these steps:

  1. Be wary of the fast lane: Most freeway accidents occur in the fast, left lane because there’s a smaller chance of being able to escape (off to an exit ramp) or maneuver out of your way of an erratic driver. Only drive in the fast lane temporarily and if you’re in a rush; otherwise; the middle lanes are the safest and will get you to your location on time.
  2. Scan your surroundings: Besides being aware of the car directly in front of you, you should also be vigilant of the cars on your side, behind you, and the car in front of the one in front of you. You’ll see a problem way before it actually would physically affect you, which gives you more reaction time. Also, be attentive of cars around you that are in bad or suspicious condition; this will force you to be more mindful of who you’re driving with, and who you can have your eye on in case something goes wrong.
  3. Know your blind spots: Forgetting about your blind spots is a major cause of freeway accidents. Check your rearview and side mirrors before switching lanes and merging onto the highway, and be extra watchful of truckers’ blind spots.
  4. Be cautious at night: Completely avoiding driving at night is impossible, but it does help to know that you’re at a higher risk of a freeway accident in the evening. This is because of many factors, which could include fatigue or others being reckless or drunk driving.

The lawyers at Gnau & Tamez know that risks of auto accidents are higher during freeway driving. If you or someone you know has been injured in a freeway accident in California, our attorneys can protect your rights and represent you in court.