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Dr. James Powers

This is a settlement for the Medical Malpractice lawsuit.

San Diego, CA: (May-23-07) Regis Reilly, 53, filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against dermatologist Dr. James Powers, alleging that the doctor failed to biopsy a cyst that later metastasized into cancer. Reilly had a family history of skin cancer. As a result of the oversight, Reilly went through several surgeries to remove the cancer and is now confined to his home where he receives 24-hour care.

In a settlement reached, a Superior Court jury awarded $5.7 million in damages, but the settlement amount will be cut to $1.9 million under a state statute limiting damages in malpractice suits. The award included $3 million in general damages for Reilly's wife to compensate for the negative impact on the couple's marriage. Reilly won another $1.6 million for his own mental pain and suffering and $1.1 million for lost income. The Reilly settlement exceeded a $5.3 million settlement in a malpractice case, also in San Diego, involving a brain-damaged infant and a $556,900 award in another misdiagnosis case. [NBC SAN DIEGO: SKIN CANCER MALPRACTICE]

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Published on May-29-07


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