Pa. Judge Backs $625K Jury Award In Needless Surgery Case

Law360, Los Angeles (May 9, 2017, 8:39 PM EDT) -- A Pennsylvania federal judge on Monday declined to disturb a $625,000 jury award in a suit accusing a doctor of performing an unnecessary surgery to remove a noncancerous mass that turned out to be nonexistent, saying the award was reasonable.

The jury determined in March that gynecologist Dr. Tuan A. Le was responsible for an unnecessary surgery performed on Natisha Almeida to remove a noncancerous mass the doctor believed to be the size of a potato but turned out to be nothing. U.S. District Judge Robert F. Kelly said the noneconomic damages awarded by the jury were "not so grossly excessive...

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