Friend’s and Family’s Reaction To Dr. Levy’s Assault
Former patients of Johns Hopkins gynecologist Dr. Nikita Levy are experiencing unimaginable trauma. The invasion of privacy could be much worse than first reported.
As a Founding Partner of the law firm Schochor, Federico and Staton, I am part of the team representing over 1,500 victims of Dr. Nikita Levy’s unimaginable violations. As Baltimore medical malpractice attorney, I have worked with many victims of medical malpractice and obtained hundreds of millions of dollars* in compensation for my clients.
There are many stages families of the victims of Dr. Nikita Levy’s will go through. I’ve have written a list of some. For purpose of this discussion, we are calling Dr. Levy’s wrongful conduct, including sexual boundary violations, as the “assault”:
Disbelief. Family and friends may react to the assault of a loved one with many of the same feelings and physical reactions that the victim experiences. Initially you may respond with shock and disbelief, especially if the victim still looks the same or there are no visible signs of trauma. You may even doubt that the assault happened. This is called “denial” and it happens after a traumatic experience.
Fear. You may feel intense fear for your own or the victim’s safety. You may try to protect the victim from future assault by being extremely cautious and over-protective. It may be hard to let the victim out of your sight or to let her/him return to everyday activities. All this concern may be reassuring soon after the assault, but too much caution on your part can make it difficult for the victim to feel capable and in control again.
Anger. Often loved ones experience anger and even rage after an assault. Your first reaction may be to seek revenge. This is a normal feeling, but you will not be doing yourself or the victim any good if you end up hurt or in jail and the victim has to worry about you.
Depression. It is not unusual to feel hopeless and depressed. An assault like Dr. Levy’s brings up feelings of powerlessness in victims and those who love them, and you may feel that your life is out of control. Your security and trust have been drastically violated. If depression lasts for more than a few weeks or becomes serious, get support for yourself.
Guilt. Guilt is a common reaction when a loved one has been assaulted. Those closest to the victim may blame themselves. But whatever you did or did not do, you are not to blame if someone you love has been assaulted. It is solely the fault of the Dr. Levy and the hospital. Instead of wasting time blaming yourself for something you had absolutely no control over, concentrate on the positive things you can do now.
If you or someone you know may have been a victim of Dr. Nikita Levy’s, consider getting in touch with the medical malpractice lawyers at our firm to see how we can help.
*Each case is different. Past results do not guarantee the successful outcome of any future case.