$1.3 Million Settlement Reached in Unnecessary Gynecological Surgery

Yahaira Perez, 39, experienced pain in her right upper quadrant. She went to a hospital emergency room where a CT scan revealed thickening of the colon and an incidental finding of an enlarged cervix with a 2.5 cm lesion.

Perez consulted her gynecologist, Dr. Mohammad Nizam, who scheduled her for emergency surgery to remove her cervix.

Post-operatively, the cervical pathology showed that Perez suffered from chronic cervicitis and a cyst instead of cancer. As a result of the unnecessary surgery, Perez suffered nerve damage and pelvic prolapse.

She sued Dr. Nizam, alleging lack of informed consent and the unnecessary surgery and claimed that the defendant doctor had chosen not to perform conservative tests to evaluate the cervix and should have referred her to a gastroenterologist. There was no claim for lost income.

There was a jury trial, which ended with a verdict in Perez’s favor for $1.7 million. The parties later settled the case for $1.3 million.

The attorney successfully handling this case for Perez was Susan Dennehy.

At trial, Perez’s attorney presented an expert in gynecology while the defendant presented an expert in gynecological oncology.

Perez v. Nizam, No. 711077/16 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. Queens County, June 28, 2022).

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