USC Sexual Assault Lawyers Are Reviewing Potential Cases for Former Students Now Living Nationwide
Former USC students have important legal rights if they were treated by Dr. George Tyndall, a gynecologist employed by the University Student Health center for nearly 30 years.
Information disclosed by the University of Southern California in May 2018 suggests that Dr. Tyndall was allowed to continue treating students, despite clear concerns that he was engaging in inappropriate behavior, which crossed the line from medical treatment to sexual assault.
The lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. provide free and confidential consultations to help families evaluate whether financial compensation may be available. Together with our co-counsel, potential USC class action lawsuits and individual claims are being pursued on behalf of former students treated by the USC gynecologist between 1989 and 2017.
All cases are handled by our law firm on a contingency fee basis, which means that there are no out-of-pocket costs to talk with a lawyer, and there are no attorney fees or expenses unless a recovery is obtained for you. To start the process of finding out whether you may have a case, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.
USC Failed to Protect Students from Abuse and Assault by Gynecologist George Tyndall
Dr. George Tyndall was employed as a gynecologist at the University of Southern California student health center between 1989 and 2017. Over nearly 30 years, Dr. Tyndall likely treated more than 10,000 women.
In May 2018, USC released the findings of an investigation into complaints about the behavior of Dr. Tyndall, which raised serious concerns about why the gynecologist was allowed to continue treating students for years after the University was aware of inappropriate actions.
USC now acknowledges that repeated complaints have been raised by students and nurses, indicating that Dr. Tyndall digitally penetrated patients unnecessarily, made sexually suggestive comments and engaged in other unacceptable behavior. However, the University did not take sufficient steps to protect students.
In 2016, after a nurse went to the campus rape crisis center, USC launched a new investigation into the complaints. In June 2017, Dr. Tyndall was allowed to retire, without the University referring the behavior for further evaluation by law enforcement or the state medical board.
USC only disclosed the findings of the investigation after Dr. Tyndall attempted to get his job back, resulting in a number of class action lawsuits and individual claims by former students who now recognize that they are not alone. Complaints consistently describe inappropriate behavior that constitutes a sexual assault, and these problems could have been avoided if USC had taken earlier actions to fie Dr. Tyndall.
In late May 2018, the USC scandal resulted in University President C.L. Max Nikias stepping down, following a letter from 200 professors, a 24-0 vote by a faculty organization, and an online petition signed by about 4,000 students and staff.
According to allegations raised in USC class action lawsuits and individual student sexual assault lawsuits being pursued on behalf of all women who received medical examinations from Dr. George Tyndall, the school:
- Violated the trust of female students by knowingly placing them in a room with Dr. Tyndall for medical treatment;
- Failed to stop inappropriate sexual assault during medical examinations;
- Failed to remove Dr. Tyndall from his position as the USC student health center gynecologist;
- Allowed sexual abuse, molestation, unwanted touching and severe emotional damage to be suffered by women treated by Dr. Tyndall;
Timeline of USC Gynecologist Scandal
USC hired Dr. George Tyndall following his residency, and he continued to serve as the only full-time gynecologist at the student health clinic for nearly 30 years.
Clinical photos of cervixes and surrounding internal tissue were found in Dr. Tyndall’s office as far back as 1990 to 1991 during an investigation by the University.
USC health center director received first documented complaints about Dr. Tyndall. At least 8 concerning complaints about inappropriate behavior and comments were received between 2000 and 2014. These early reports were not elevated for proper investigation, and now raise serious questions about why Dr. Tyndall was allowed to continue treating students.
A nurse at the USC student health center reports Dr. Tyndall to the campus crisis center, after becoming frustrated by the lack of action over previous complaints about inappropriate behavior.
USC investigation into gynecology treatment provided by Dr. Tyndall was conducted, including interviews with students and others. The findings suggested that his behavior was inappropriate, but the University determined that there was no evidence of illegal acts, and failed to report Dr. Tyndall to law enforcement or the state medical board.
After USC began termination proceedings to fire Dr. Tyndall, the gynecologist was allowed to retire amid threats to sue over age and gender discrimination.
USC finally decided to report Dr. Tyndall’s inappropriate behavior to the California Medical Board, only after he sought to return to his former position as gynecologist at the student health center.
Findings that suggest abusive and inappropriate behavior by Dr. Tyndall were released by USC. Amid anger over the years of inaction, USC President C.L. Max Nikias resigned his position. The first USC student lawsuits over the gynecology treatment were filed the same month.
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Over the course of more than 40 years, our personal injury lawyers have collected more than $1 billion in compensation for our clients in cases of medical malpractice, automobile accidents, product liability and other personal injury lawsuits.
All USC gynecologist lawsuits will be handled by our attorneys on a contingency fee basis, which means that there are never any out-of-pocket expenses to hire our law firm and we only receive a fee if compensation is secured for our client.
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