Joe Miller obtained a defense verdict for a general surgeon in a case of alleged assault in the throwing of an anti-reflux valve at a nurse. The plaintiff testified that the incident humiliated and embarrassed her, and that she felt threatened. She asked the jury for both compensatory and punitive damages. The surgeon testified that he found the valve incorrectly placed on the patient, and that it could have caused harm. He notified the nurse of this information, and tossed the valve onto a desk. He testified that he didn’t intend to threaten the nurse or harm her in any way. The jury returned a defense verdict in favor of the general surgeon.