Washington, Guyle v. Regents (UCDMC)

Sacramento Superior Court – 14 days, April 1996.  Plaintiff alleged mispositioning during bariatric (stomach stapling) surgery resulted in permanent nerve palsy to his right (dominant hand). Defendant contended that while nerve problem was certainly temporally related to the surgery itself, the problem was not caused by intraoperative positioning, but instead by some of the natural physiologic stresses placed upon the plaintiff’s body both during the surgery as well as the immediate post-surgical period. Plaintiff requested $300,000.00. Last demand, $50,000.00.  Offer – none. Defense verdict. No appeal.