Secured $27.8 Million Jury Verdict in Personal Injury Case on Behalf of Twin Cities Doctor

November 19, 2021

Tholen v. Assist America

Robins Kaplan LLP secured a $27.8 million verdict, including $10 million in punitive damages, for Dr. Richard Tholen, a top Twin Cities plastic surgeon who endured an amputated leg after Assist America refused to evacuate him for proper medical care.

Dr. Tholen suffered a traumatic knee dislocation while ziplining in Mazatlán, Mexico in 2015. As a member of the American Medical Association, he was the beneficiary of emergency medical evacuation services provided by Assist America—the nation’s largest provider of global medical emergency services with over 40 million members. Yet Assist America denied Dr. Tholen evacuation out of Mexico.

As a result, Dr. Tholen was left to arrange for his own medical care in Mexico and transportation back to the United States. Without Assist America’s assistance, he received poor medical care and his return to the United States was delayed. This delay led to an above-the-knee amputation.

The case, Tholen v. Assist America, was tried in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota.

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Patrick M. Arenz


Member of Executive Board

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