University of Southern California Faces Numerous Sexual Assault Lawsuits
The University of Southern California (USC) is facing numerous lawsuits over allegations that the campus health center gynecologist sexually assaulted dozens of students during routine exams. More than 50 cases are currently being investigated. According to the allegations, USC ignored warnings from students about the doctor for nearly 30 years.
Allegations against the doctor suggest that he made sexually-charged comments towards patients during examinations. In other cases, women reported being physically assaulted by the doctor. Although the doctor claims there was nothing unprofessional about his actions, USC’s internal investigation concluded that his behavior during exams was “outside the scope of current medical practice.”
USC allowed to doctor to continue practicing until 2016, when a nurse reported him to a campus rape crisis center. Campus administrators allowed the doctor to resign last summer.
Due to the number of allegations against the doctor, USC may have to pay tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars to settle lawsuits. As of June 24, 15 lawsuits have been filed against USC. Plaintiffs’ attorneys told the Los Angeles Times that they expect USC to settle with the victims.
Filing a Sexual Assault Lawsuit in California
Victims of sexual assault may be able to recover compensation for physical and emotional injuries by filing lawsuits. If you have questions about your legal rights after being sexually assaulted, then you can speak to an attorney at James McKiernan Lawyers at no cost during a consultation. To schedule a consultation, call us at (800) 200-HURT or use our confidential online case review form.