What Do I and My Lawyer Need to File Against UCLA for Sexual Abuse?

Numerous victims of Dr. James Heaps have filed lawsuits against the former University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) gynecologist for alleged sexual abuse and assault.

If you were a victim of Dr. Heaps’ alleged sexual abuse and UCLA’s negligence in protecting you from its employee, you could file a lawsuit seeking recovery.

The Four Conditions of Liability

There are certain conditions you need to file against UCLA for sexual abuse to pursue financial recovery. These include:

  • Duty of care
  • Breach of care
  • Causation
  • Damages

Duty of Care

As a licensed physician, Dr. James Heaps owed you a duty of care to provide accepted medical care in a safe and nonthreatening atmosphere. As his employer, UCLA owed you a duty of care to protect you from a doctor who had received several complaints of alleged sexual abuse.

Breach of Care

Dr. James Heaps breached his duty of care through alleged acts of sexual abuse, assault, and harassment. UCLA is also negligent because it allowed Dr. Heaps to continue seeing patients despite knowledge of his alleged misconduct.


This combined negligence on the part of Dr. Heaps and UCLA caused you to suffer physical and emotional injuries.


You have expenses such as medical bills, lost pay, and mental anguish, as well as other damages from your injuries.

Look for a Lawyer Who Understands Sexual Abuse Cases

Civil action against an individual or group of individuals does not have to be “beyond a reasonable doubt.” A lawyer seeking financial recovery must prove that it is more likely than not that the accused caused the plaintiff injury and financial damages.

That is why you should consider a law firm with an understanding of sexual abuse and assault cases. Andy Rubenstein of D. Miller & Associates, PLLC is the attorney for several plaintiffs in the University of Southern California (USC) sexual abuse lawsuit. Our firm also represents victims of the Ohio State University (OSU) sexual abuse lawsuit.

We have the proper resources and staff you need to file against UCLA for sexual abuse. We can determine liability and help you seek the financial recovery you may deserve.

We Want to Hear Your Story

As lawyers for other sexual abuse victims, we have an idea of how difficult it is for you to talk about what happened to you. It bears repeating that you are a victim; it is not your fault, and you have legal rights to seek recovery and justice.

Every victim who comes forward with her story is helping to shine a light on sexual abuse and assault. You are pursuing recovery, but you are also encouraging other victims to be heard.

Our Lawyers Fight for Recovery and Justice

Financial recovery in a sexual abuse lawsuit includes economic and noneconomic damages. Each sexual abuse case is different, but the damages that you might seek in your lawsuit include:

  • Medical treatment including psychological and emotional support
  • Lost wages and/or diminished income due to trauma
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of consortium

Legal Options for a Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Against UCLA

There are two legal courses of action when it comes to filing a sexual abuse lawsuit. The first is to join other plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit. The other is to file an individual lawsuit where you are the sole plaintiff.

Class-action lawsuits need multiple plaintiffs. You should talk to a sexual abuse lawsuit lawyer about your legal options.

You should also know that each state has a statute of limitations that prohibit you from taking legal action after a certain deadline. A lawyer with D. Miller & Associates, PLLC can tell you if you are within your state’s statute.

We Are Here to Help You

If you were a patient of Dr. James Heaps at the UCLA student medical center during his tenure from 1983 to 2018, you could be entitled to financial recovery for pain and suffering and other damages.

Our legal team will make sure that you have everything you need to file against UCLA for sexual abuse to pursue recovery.

Please contact D. Miller & Associates, PLLC for a free case evaluation. Our lawyers will seek recovery for you on a contingency basis.

We are ready to help you and answer your questions. Please call (713) 850-8600.