Doctor Sexually Assaulted Patient During Exam, She Claims
OAKLAND, Calif. (CN) – A woman claims a doctor sexually assaulted her during an examination for "hip pain," in an Alameda County Superior Court lawsuit.
B. N. sued Dr. Juan Carlos Buller, the Kaiser Permanente Medical Group; Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, and Kaiser Foundation Hospital on Monday, alleging sexual assault and battery.
B. N. says her primary care doctor referred her to Dr. Buller in mid-November 2015 for hip pain. For the exam, she was instructed to take off her clothes and put on a pair of blue paper shorts.
Though Kaiser policy requires a female medical assistant to be in the room when a male doctor is seeing a female patient, Dr. Buller was alone. After telling B. N. to lay down on her back on the examination table, he asked about her experience having sex and whether it caused her any hip pain, according to the complaint.
Then, without any warning, Dr. Buller put his unwashed, ungloved hands inside her underwear and began caressing her inner thighs near her vagina. He then put his fingers inside of her “in an ‘in and out’ fashion multiple times, allowing his fingers to remain inside of plaintiff’s vagina for an unreasonable period of time” on the pretext of checking for the origin of her pain, the complaint states.
B. N. claims Dr. Buller intended to make "non-consensual sexually offensive contact," and plaintiff still has psychological trauma and other personal injuries from being sexually assaulted.
She seeks compensatory, special, and punitive damages, as well as court costs and fees.
She is represented by Michael Thompson of Vallejo.