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LK Investigating Sexual Assault Cases Against Dr. Tyler James Hurst

Levy Konigsberg is investigating numerous cases of sexual assault involving Dr. Tyler James Hurst, an emergency room doctor. Patients who were sexually assaulted by Dr. Hurst should contact our experienced sex abuse attorneys right away as time may be running out to seek financial compensation.

Dr. Hurst, a physician working in the emergency department at Community Medical Center (CMC) in Missoula, Montana, has been charged by the Missoula County Attorney’s Office following allegations of sexual assault by several patients in 2023. According to the criminal charges, Dr. Hurst sexually assaulted these patients while they were receiving treatment in the emergency room. 

Hurst, 33, was employed by a local physician’s group contracted to provide services at the emergency department of the Community Medical Center. The hospital has terminated his clinical medical privileges after information about Dr. Hurst’s sexual abuse became public.  CMC claims it is fully cooperating with the ongoing investigation but investigation continues regarding what details CMC knew about Dr. Hurst’s sexual predatory behavior and exactly when they knew it.

According to the Missoula County Attorney’s Office, Hurst is currently charged with the following crimes:

  • Felony sexual intercourse without consent. 
  • One felony count of sexual assault. 
  • Two misdemeanor counts of sexual assault. 

If found guilty, Hurst faces severe penalties including:

  • A maximum sentence of 25 years to life in the Montana State Prison for the felony charges. 
  • Up to eighteen months in the Missoula County Detention Facility for misdemeanor charges. 
  • Maximum potential fines totaling $61,500. 
  • Loss of his medical license. 

Dr. Hurst entered a not guilty plea to sexual assault charges during his initial court appearance on May 10, which he attended virtually from a sex addiction treatment facility in Mississippi. The judge ordered that Hurst have no contact with witnesses and victims and banned him from practicing medicine involving physical exams. Hurst later turned himself in, was booked, and released from a Mississippi jail back to the behavioral health facility. Hurst’s next court hearing is scheduled for June 6 in Missoula County District Court.

Tyler Hurst’s History of Sexual Assault 

The investigation by the Missoula Police Department is still in progress, with prosecutors revealing that nine individuals have already accused Dr Hurst of sexual assault. Prosecutors also expect further charges to be filed. It is likely that Dr. Hurst sexually abused many more patients and the Missoula County Attorney’s Office has urged anyone with pertinent information to reach out to law enforcement.

Here are some details of the allegations against Hurst:

  • On April 22, 2023, a woman reported to the medical board that Dr. Hurst allegedly touched her inappropriately during an examination at the Community Medical Center’s emergency department on April 21. She sought treatment for right shoulder pain but was evaluated for cardiac arrest. During the exam, she claimed Hurst touched her improperly, prompting her complaint to the hospital via text.
  • In May 2023, a second woman reported being assaulted at the CMC  ER. Court documents reveal she described Hurst as “extremely handsy,” touching her inappropriately without gloves and repeatedly suggesting a private room. She noted his charismatic demeanor and described his behavior as predatory, stating it was unlike a typical medical examination.
  • In December 2023, a woman reported Dr. Hurst for sexual assault at Community Hospital. During her ER visit, she accused Hurst of touching her inappropriately during her ER visit, noting his lack of gloves and failure to wash his hands. She observed that Dr. Hurst became visibly aroused after touching her, then apologized and stated that he needed to regain composure before leaving. The Surveillance footage indicates that Hurst spent nearly 40 minutes alone with the woman. 
  • On January 19, 2024, authorities informed Hurst of an investigation into inappropriate patient touching. He sought legal representation and declined an interview. Despite this, Hurst resumed work at the Community’s on Jan. 22, 2024. Audit records indicate he accessed the woman’s medical records twice that day even though authorities did not reveal the patient’s identity to him. The woman expressed fear that Hurst may locate her.
  • Hospital records show three more women reported similar accusations of inappropriate touching by Hurst during medical exams. Two other women reported to law enforcement that Hurst sexually assaulted them during medical procedures.
  • According to a local doctor, who’s acting as a third-party witness, a patient revealed that Hurst threatened her to stop her from reporting the allegations. Prosecutors argue that Hurst’s attacks became bolder and more violent over time.

Do I Have a Case?

Experiencing sexual assault by a medical professional is a profound betrayal of trust, shaking the very foundation of the patient-doctor relationship. You might have a basis to take legal action if you were sexually abused or assaulted by Dr. Tyler Hurst at any time.  The attorneys at Levy Konigsberg represents thousand of survivors of sexual abuse nationwide and can help you know your legal options and fight for you

According to Montana state laws, if you’re a victim of a sex crime, you have two ways to seek justice. Firstly, through criminal prosecution, where the perpetrator can face jail time and registration as a sex offender. Secondly, through a civil lawsuit where you can get monetary compensation. Beyond the financial benefits, the civil justice system offers support, closure, and resolution. It is important for sexual abusers and the institutions that enabled the abuse to be held accountable.

While some sexual assault victims are willing to pursue a civil lawsuit under their own name, others understandably hesitate. In Montana, those who want to keep their identity private during civil litigation may be permitted to use their initials or pseudonyms providing much-needed comfort to many. The attorneys at Levy Konigsberg can answer any questions that you have about the legal process.

What is the Potential Value of My Sexual Abuse Lawsuit?

Every case is unique, so it’s hard to give a general estimate of what a sex crime claim might be worth. The value depends on the specifics, like the details of the incident, the emotional distress caused, other damages, and the available insurance or resources to pay the claim. Given the long-lasting impact of sexual abuse, these damages can be quite substantial.

Recoverable damages in sexual abuse cases may include:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Costs associated with mental health treatment/therapy
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional anguish, fear, embarrassment, and anxiety
  • Long-term mental health issues, including PTSD and depression
  • Lost income and other economic losses

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At Levy Konigsberg, we represent victims of sexual assault, molestation, and rape nationwide, and we’re known for taking on complex cases against powerful institutions. Our landmark verdicts and settlements make a real difference for our clients and the public. We’re committed to tirelessly seeking justice for victims of sexual crimes.

If you have questions about a potential sexual assault lawsuit involving Dr. Tyler Hurst, we encourage you to reach out to us. We offer FREE and confidential consultations and work on a contingency basis, so there are no upfront costs, and you only pay if we win. Call (800) 315-3806 or contact us online.

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