Robins Kaplan LLP Secures $9.1 Million Jury Verdict in Medical Malpractice Case

MINNEAPOLIS, October 16, 2015—National law firm Robins Kaplan LLP secured a $9.1 million jury verdict for a 51-year old auto mechanic who was paralyzed from the waist down following surgery for a perforated bowel in Minneapolis (Joseph W. Lakoskey v. Anesthesiology P.A.).  

In February 2012, a severely dehydrated Mr. Lakoskey underwent surgery for a perforated bowel at a hospital in Minneapolis. He was not given adequate fluids prior to surgery. As a result, Mr. Lakoskey suffered a prolonged period of low blood pressure after anesthesia was administered. This caused a critical lack of blood flow to Mr. Lakoskey’s spinal cord, permanently damaging the cord and leaving him paralyzed. 

After a nine-day trial and eight hours of deliberations over two days, the jury found that the anesthesiologist’s negligence caused Mr. Lakoskey’s spinal cord injury.

"Obviously Joe Lakoskey wants nothing more than to have his life and ability to walk back" said Brandon Thompson, partner at Robins Kaplan and lead counsel for Mr. Lakoskey. "This verdict will provide him with the resources he needs to live as independent a life as possible. Even better, he can now afford a long-term, highly sophisticated rehabilitation program that could someday allow him to walk again."

Robins Kaplan believes that everyone deserves equal access to justice and has a long-standing history of representing individuals and families who have been harmed by the wrongdoing of others.