$1.3 Million Sexual Assault Settlement Sparks Chaperone Policy in L.A. County Medical Clinics

November 25, 2015 | Strategic Insights for Ambulatory Care


​A sexual assault case with a $1.3 million settlement has sparked a new policy for Los Angeles county medical clinics and hospitals, requiring a chaperone to be present for examinations of a sensitive nature, according to a November 10, 2015, article by the Los Angeles Daily News. The case involved a physician who was charged with the sexual assault of four patients. The woman who filed the lawsuit alleged that the physician groped her legs and stomach during multiple visits to the clinic. She even brought her husband to one appointment, but the physician instructed him to leave the room for the examination. The woman alleges that she reported the physician's actions to the staff and requested a new treating physician.

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