Anesthesiologist must pay $500K for insulting man under sedation

A jury awarded $500,000 to a Virginia man whose accidental recording of his colonoscopy revealed his surgical team mocked him while he was under anesthesia, according to the Washington Post. Not only did the man's doctors insult him and express a desire to physically assault him, they also deliberately misdiagnosed him and instructed an assistant to lie to him. The judgment included $100,000 for defamation, $200,000 for medical malpractice and $200,000 in punitive damages. Although defamation cases typically involve published or publicly spoken statements, experts said the case was a rare instance in which the defamatory remarks occurred in private. "The jury apparently was just so offended at this unprofessional behavior that they're going to give the plaintiff a win," Reston, Virginia, lawyer Lee Berlik told the Post. "That's what happens in the real world." Article

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