Medical Abuse

Your firm has been SO amazing to me….. I didn’t expect that number – holy moly.

Medical Abuse Client, Sept 2020

When we visit medical professionals, we are at our most vulnerable. We have the right to trust our doctors and to feel safe.

Those who abuse this trust, by assaulting, humiliating, and/or harassing their patients, are among the worst types of offenders. We represent victims of medical abuse, including victims of Dr. Khandker, a serial predator in Queens, and any and all other predators we discover.

If you are abused by a medical professional, or even confused or unsure as to what happened, call us. Serial abusers are master gaslighters and many of them have perfected the art of plausible deniability. Trust your instincts. Do not feel guilty, and do not feel alone. Call us.

We can help.

Obstetric Violence

In NYC, Black women are eight times more likely to die of pregnancy- and childbirth-related complications than white women. Race disparities persist even after educational and economic factors are controlled for; statistically, the most educated and privileged Black woman will fare worse than the least resourced, least educated white woman. The CDC estimates that more than half of all maternal deaths were fully preventable. So what is happening?

If there’s one thing that we’ve learned from practicing discrimination law it’s that the problem is simple: We, as a society, do not listen to women, especially women of color.

Crumiller takes on medical malpractice cases, using civil rights claims, on behalf of women of color who are mistreated during labor and delivery. We have also created a pro bono educational initiative, partnering with doulas to connect with healthcare providers on behalf of patients of color, sharing key information about patient rights and the common causes of maternal mortality. 

Black Lives Matter. Black Mothers Matter. Black Babies Matter.

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Hostile Work Environment

We secured substantial monetary compensation for our client who had been subject to a hostile work environment, including gender-based slurs and lewd activity.

Medical Complications Threatened Job Security

Our client was told that, because she needed a few additional months to recover from post-childbirth medical complications, her job was no longer guaranteed for the following term.  We intervened and quickly secured the reassurance they should have given her from the beginning – that she would not be illegally penalized for the woeful task of propagating the human species.

Pattern of Workplace Sexual Harassment

Our client came to us after her boss sexually assaulted her.  Quietly and discretely, we were able to support our client in identifying other women who he had harassed, uncovering a serious pattern of abuse targeting a vulnerable population.  Through litigation, we secured a substantial six-figure recovery for our clients, one of whom said she could finally sleep soundly for the first time in years.  Even better, inside sources say that the behavior has stopped.

Fired While Pregnant

Our client was fired, for totally pretextual reasons and without warning, shortly after announcing her pregnancy.  First, we made sure she had the health insurance arrangements she needed to ensure a safe and healthy delivery.  Then we put the fear of god in her employer and negotiated a substantial settlement payment, enabling her to enjoy a safe and peaceful labor and delivery, and a peaceful bonding time with her (now healthy and happy!) baby.

Threatened in the Workplace

Our client had secured a new job after being forced out by homophobic threats and slurs.  However, the harassment continued when his employer tried to enforce a questionable “non-compete” clause, jeopardizing his new position.  We shut that baloney down swiftly and our client was able to move on in peace.