When it came time for USC to compensate two different women who were sexually assaulted by a campus doctor for their injuries, one reached a settlement expected to total about $1.2 million.

The other was awarded less than $200,000.

USC’s $1.1 billion in settlements was the largest sex-abuse payout in education history.

Behind the jaw-dropping numbers, however, lies a lopsided economic landscape that has left some exuberant and others feeling bruised and cheated.

A year and a half ago, those former patients had to make a choice between two legal pathways: a federal class-action settlement promoted by USC or gamble on individual lawsuits in state Superior Court.

It is now clear that from a strictly financial perspective, the risk takers fared significantly better.

USC agreed in March to pay $852 million to 710 women with pending lawsuits, resulting in an average payout of more than a million dollars each.

The class-action settlement prescribed awards of only up to $250,000, depending on an individual’s willingness to share their experience and how settlement administrators assessed the extent of their injuries.

Read the full story from reporters @MattHjourno and @latimesharriet at latimes.com/california/sto…

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