Minnesota resident and former auto mechanic Joe Lakoskey won $9.1 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit arising out of a 2012 surgery for a perforated bowel. Lakoskey’s attorney proved that the anesthesiologist was negligent for putting him under in preparation for surgery when he was severely dehydrated. In fact, the anesthesiologist actually halted the treatment for dehydration that was already underway. This resulted in a drop in blood pressure and insufficient blood flow to Lakoskey’s spinal cord.
Lakoskey was unable to continue running his mechanic shop due to permanent loss of use of his legs. The verdict is the third largest recorded medical malpractice award in the state.
As I say on my Norfolk medical malpractice attorney page, these incidents of medical negligence can be shocking, but they do happen. The personal injuries can be devastating, and the process of getting legal compensation is usually difficult. If you have suffered a catastrophic loss like the paralysis in this case, contact a Norfolk, VA personal injury lawyer now for a free case evaluation.