USC Wins Appeal Over Punitive Damages Bid In Med Mal Row

By Y. Peter Kang (March 13, 2017, 8:23 PM EDT) -- A California appellate court on Monday said the University of Southern California and others should've been allowed to escape punitive damages claims in a suit accusing doctors of botching an ear surgery that purportedly disfigured a patient's face, saying such claims in health care negligence suits require court approval.

A three-judge Second Appellate District panel said the trial court should've granted a request made by USC, St. Vincent Medical Center and Dr. Rick A. Friedman to disallow patient David Pullman's request for punitive damages in a suit accusing doctors of botching a specialized ear surgery to remove a noncancerous tumor that...

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