Women Define Trauma To Share $190M Hopkins Payout

BALTIMORE (AP) — Thousands of women whose genitals might have been photographed during gynecological exams can share a $190 million settlement from Johns Hopkins Health System. But they’ll have to describe their trauma before seeing any money.

That might be painful for some women who feel profoundly violated by Dr. Nikita Levy, who committed suicide after being caught with hundreds of pelvis pictures. Others might wonder if it’s worth their trouble.

As many as 8,000 women treated by Dr. Nikita Levy joined the class action, but since none of the embarrassing pictures were linked to any particular person, compensation depends on each woman’s perceptions.

The law firms said their fees could reach 35 percent, leaving $123.5 million in an interest-bearing account until claims are resolved.

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