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MEDICAL MALPRACTICE a man who did not give informed consent to a cosmetic surgical procedure was awarded $550,000 by a Maryland jury on April 30. Mark Mahler, a 30-year-old artist, underwent a sliding genioplasty (chin job) at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, and sued after he ended up being unable to close his lips completely. He contended that the consent form he signed did not warn him of this possibility. Mahler v. Johns Hopkins Hospital Inc., No. 24-C-01-004153 (Baltimore city, Md., Cir. Ct.). PLAINTIFF’S ATTORNEY: Alan J. Belsky, Belsky, Weinberg & Horowitz, Baltimore DEFENSE ATTORNEY: Ronald U. Shaw, Shaw & Morrow, Towson, Md.

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