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This case was brought on behalf of a patient who had three surgeries performed by the defendant neurosurgeon. Plaintiff’s contention was that all three surgeries were performed inappropriately and without appropriate indication for the congenital spinal malformation from which she suffered. Plaintiff’s counsel unsuccessfully attempted to introduce evidence that the defendant neurosurgeon had been sued thirty times for malpractice in the past and had a reputation for unnecessary surgery, “over-operating,” and for poor surgical technique.

The jury returned a verdict on behalf of the defendant neurosurgeon despite expert testimony that there was a complete non-union of the spinal fusion and that the neurosurgeon utilized improper technique. Plaintiff’s counsel was Nathaniel J. Friedman of Beverly Hills.