Ricardo Cruciani Sexual Abuse Investigation

10.14.2021

Girard Sharp lawyers are investigating potential claims on behalf of former patients of Dr. Ricardo Cruciani who experienced abuse while under his care.

Cruciani is charged with sexual assault following allegations by at least six former patients that he drugged and assaulted them.

If you were a patient of Dr. Ricardo Cruciani and believe you may have been a victim of assault, you may have a claim for relief. Protect your rights by speaking with a Girard Sharp attorney at (866) 981-4800 or submit your information below for a free and confidential consult.

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MORE ABOUT THE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST RICARDO CRUCIANI

As reported in the New York Times on October 11, 2021, Cruciani used his position to over-prescribe multiple patients excessive levels of opioids over the years, leading to addiction. Cruciani then exploited their newfound dependencies by withholding prescriptions unless patients cooperated with unwanted sexual advances. Despite mounting complaints, Cruciani was able to move from job to job, securing positions at hospitals in three states over the course of a decade. According to the report, he was charged with sexual assault in Pennsylvania, registered as a sex offender, and surrendered his medical license in a plea agreement in 2017.

The Times further reports that the former physician and the hospitals that employed him are facing lawsuits in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. According to the same report, “The suits claim that hospital administrators and staff members ignored reports that Mr. Cruciani was sexually assaulting patients until they could no longer look the other way. They allowed him to quietly change jobs — never warning other hospitals, state authorities or the police about the allegations — and enabled him to continue his predatory behavior, the plaintiffs claim.”

COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE AND VICTIM ADVOCACY

Girard Sharp has substantial experience in class action and other complex litigation on behalf of sexual abuse survivors. Our Sexual Abuse and Women’s Advocacy attorneys have a track record of successfully taking on some of the world’s largest corporations and institutions on these issues. We served as co-lead counsel in a class action against the University of Southern California and campus gynecologist George Tyndall M.D., on behalf of women who were sexually abused by Tyndall during his long tenure at USC. A federal judge approved a class action settlement with USC and the claims process has now concluded, with universal praise from class members for the compassionate and generous approach to making victims whole. The settlement requires USC to adopt and implement procedures for identification, prevention and reporting of sexual and racial misconduct, as well as recognize the harm done to all of Tyndall’s patients. The settlement establishes a $215 million fund and gives every survivor a choice in how to participate. Our lawyers also filed a class action lawsuit against UCLA on behalf of women treated by UCLA gynecologist Dr. James Heaps. Heaps was charged with sexual battery and exploitation of patients while working as a staff gynecologist at UCLA—a position he held for almost thirty years. The UC Regents agreed to resolve the claims for $73,000,000, plus injunctive relief measures, and the District Court granted final approval of that settlement.

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