Dr. Touched and Commented on Patient’s Genital Area, She Claims
LOS ANGELES (CN) – A doctor touched and commented upon a woman’s genital area, she claims in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Lori H. sued Joseph Edward Beezy and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. for sexual battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, assault and professional negligence. She additionally sued Kaiser Foundation Health Plan for negligence and premises liability.
According to the lawsuit, Lori H. visited Kaiser’s Cantara Street facility in Panorama City in Dec. 2017, because of skin abscesses on her lower back, back hair line and chin, and a bulge on her right hip. A male friend came with her, she says.
Dr. Beezy took Lori H. and her friend into a private room and had her put on a gown that was open in the back, which she wore with her bra, pants and underpants, according to the complaint. Beezy asked her if she had abscesses in her vaginal area, and she told him she did not, according to the complaint. Then three times, Beezy said he “wanted to check something,” and pulled her pants and panties down, the complaint says.
The first time, he did not pull them down below her vaginal area, but the second and third time he did, according to the complaint. The first time, Lori H. pulled her pants back up again and the second time her friend did, but Beezy persisted, according to the complaint.
“Defendant Beezy proceeded to touch Lori’s vaginal region, specifically pressing on her public region, and leaving her exposed for approximately three minutes. As she was exposed, defendant Beezy lasciviously commented that she was clean shaven,” the complaint states.
Lori H. also claims Beezy forcefully and painfully pressed on the abscess on her back.
“As a result of his forceful manipulation of the abscess, the infection ultimately spread to her spine,” the complaint states.
When Lori H. and her friend left the exam room, they reported Beezy’s behavior to a nurse who called a supervisor, who said he would investigate the matter and contact her, according to the complaint.
A few days later, Lori H. went to a non-party hospital, where the abscess on her back was drained, according to the complaint.
“No vaginal examination was conducted at that time,” the complaint states.
Lori H. seeks general, special, punitive and statutory damages and a jury trial. She is represented by Samuel Dordulian and Arpineh Yeremian of the Dordulian Law Group in Glendale.