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A patient filed a lawsuit against his dermatologist claiming he did not properly diagnose his skin cancer. The medical malpractice case was filed in San Diego. The jury awarded $5.7 Million to the man for damages, pain and suffering and lost wages.

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.

The patient had a series of surgeries to remove the cancer. He is now receiving round the clock care in his home. There is a cap in California for medical malpractice and the award will be reduced to $1.9 Million.

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