A Superior Court (San Diego, California) jury awarded $5.7 million in damages to a bedridden man who claimed a doctor failed to diagnose his skin cancer. The verdict is the largest medical-malpractice award in California this year, but will be cut to $1.9 million under a state statute limiting damages in malpractice suits.
Regis M. Reilly, 53, claimed dermatologist Dr. James C. Powers failed to biopsy a cyst that later metastasized into cancer. Reilly has a family history of skin cancer. Read the newspaper account here.