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Talk to an Experienced Sexual Abuse Lawyer Now
Choosing a law firm to pursue a sexual abuse lawsuit can be the most important decision you make for your family’s future.
Sexual Abuse Attorneys That Get Results
The University of Michigan is investigating several allegations of sexual abuse against Robert E. Anderson, now deceased. Anderson was a former director of the University Health Service and served as a top physician for football teams coached by Bo Schembechler and Lloyd Carr and many other UM student-athletes.
University officials said the school was first alerted to allegations of Anderson’s misconduct in July 2018 when a former student described sexual assaults during medical exams Anderson performed on him in the 1970s. Among the personal injury allegations against the doctor are accusations of unwarranted genital exams, fondling, and unnecessary or inappropriate rectal examinations.
A Pattern of Sexual Abuse
Another UM alum who says Anderson sexually assaulted him in 1971 learned from university officials that the Washtenaw County Prosecutor had been investigating many victims’ claims. A UM police detective also told him the school, upon learning of allegations against Anderson several years ago, transferred the doctor from his position at University Student Health Services to become a team physician for UM athletes.
Known as “Dr. A” during his time at UM, Anderson began his career in 1968 and ultimately retired from the university in 2003. There are reports of many survivors of Anderson’s assaults, and their claims are all being actively investigated.
Brave and Courageous Survivors Are Stepping Forward
Empowered by the #MeToo movement, survivors across the country are coming forward to reveal past assaults by sexual predators. In the last few years, waves of lawsuits have been brought against university physicians for decades of sexual abuse of students and athletes, including Larry Nassar at Michigan State University, George Tyndall at the University of Southern California, and Richard Strass at Ohio State University. In January 2020, another UM employee, Provost Martin Philbert, was suspended amid sexual misconduct allegations.
Choosing a Sexual Abuse Lawyer in Michigan
Sommers Schwartz attorney Lisa Esser-Weidenfeller has represented survivors of Larry Nassar and George Tyndall. She is trauma-informed and has extensive experience fighting to compensate sexual assault victims.
Lisa’s legal background, along with her commitment to courtroom excellence and a deep dedication to her clients and their families, has allowed her to make an important difference in the lives of the clients she represents. As a result of her outstanding advocacy, Lisa has been selected for membership in many prestigious trial lawyer organizations.
Sommers Schwartz attorney Matthew Curtis is a senior shareholder and member of the Board of Directors at Sommers Schwartz, P.C. For the past 30 years, he has successfully litigated complex personal injury and medical malpractice cases throughout Michigan.
He has successfully resolved hundreds of medical negligence cases and has been responsible for securing numerous verdicts and settlements in excess of $1,000,000 on behalf of his clients.
If Robert Anderson assaulted you or a loved one, please contact Lisa or Matt for a free and confidential consultation.
Additionally, if you have information that UM was aware or had reason to know that Anderson was assaulting student-athletes and turned a blind eye, Ms. Esser-Weidenfeller and Mr. Curtis would like to speak with you.