Much like the sexual assault case against Michigan State University and Dr. Larry Nassar, the University of Southern California is facing a similar situation regarding long-time campus gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall. Employed by the school for three decades, Dr. Tyndall has come under fire by former and current female students at the school regarding alleged sexual abuse during pelvic exams. Currently, more than 200 women have filed lawsuits against the school and Dr. Tyndall. However, given the scope of the investigation, lawyers expect that number to go much higher, possibly into the thousands, as investigators begin to unravel what occurred over the 30-year span.
According to many of the plaintiffs in this legal drama, their warnings went unheeded by university officials as far back as Dr. Tyndall’s first year of employment with USC, which was 1989. Based on statements from numerous women, Dr. Tyndall allegedly acted inappropriately in many ways. For example, some women stated he made them lie naked on a table with no sheet covering them, while others stated he made sexual comments regarding their breasts and vaginas. Along with these behaviors, it is also alleged that Dr. Tyndall on multiple occasions watched the women undress, took pictures of their genitals, and even diagnosed some women with serious diseases, all of which were unfounded.
Due to the seriousness and scope of the allegations, Dr. Tyndall is currently under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department for possible sexual assault. And as more women come forward with their stories, detectives expect more allegations to be made, which could result in the investigation being a prolonged process.
Along with the Michigan State University case, there have been other sexual assault lawsuits that are similar to that of USC. One of these involved Johns Hopkins Hospital, where a gynecologist was found guilty of secretly taking pictures and videos of his patients. In the class-action settlement, the hospital agreed to pay $190 million to the victims, which led to victims receiving nearly $30,000 in compensation. However, this was considered a very small lawsuit, and lawyers representing USC victims believe the settlement amount may be far greater than $190 million, leading to each plaintiff likely receiving compensation into the millions of dollars.
A Violation of Trust
In these types of cases, one of the biggest traumas to victims involves the violation of trust between patient and doctor. By performing these various acts under the guise of giving necessary medical care, Dr. Tyndall instead appears to have done so purely for his own sexual gratification. Because of this, numerous victims are now receiving counseling, or expect to do so in the years to come.
Contact an Attorney
If you were a patient of Dr. Tyndall and believe you were sexually assaulted during an exam, you need to immediately consult with an experienced sexual assault victims attorney at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas to discuss your rights. By doing so, we can discuss your case, give you an objective evaluation, and if necessary move forward to ensure you receive the full and fair compensation you deserve.
To schedule a complimentary consultation or to obtain more information, please contact the Law Offices of Samer Habbas at 949-727-9300 today.