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On October 17, 2015, 51-year-old auto mechanic Joseph Lakoskey was awarded a $9.1 million verdict for a 2012 spinal cord injury that led to paralysis. Lakoskey’s verdict is one of the highest medical malpractice verdicts in recent Minnesota history.

Lakoskey entered North Memorial Medical Center for flu-like symptoms and was administered fluid for dehydration. Meanwhile, doctors discovered he required surgery for a perforated bowel. Lakoskey asserted that anesthesiologists prematurely halted his dehydration treatment an hour before surgery in order to administer the anesthesia. The early termination of his dehydration treatment led to low blood pressure during surgery, which ultimately led to the plaintiff’s spinal cord not receiving adequate blood flow. Due to his injuries, Lakoskey lost the use of both legs.

The case is: Joseph W Lakoskey vs Anesthesiology PA, Hennepin County, 27-CV-14-8112

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