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October 3, 2012

Fox Hospital hit with $126M verdict

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All three of the doctors remain on the Fox staff, Linnan said.

As a result of having a diminished heart capacity, Linnan said that Sohl’s “whole body is starved for nutrition and oxygen constantly.”

“The quality of her life is almost zero,” he said.

Prior to the hospitalization, he said, Sohl had worked as a horse trainer. “She was throwing bales of hay around,” he noted.

Over the next couple of years, Sohl is going to need to utilize a defibrillator, after which she will have to be equipped with a type of mechanical heart known as a ventricular assist device, Linnan said.

Ultimately, he said, she will require a heart transplant, which is expected to cost several million dollars.

Linnan said if the Fox emergency room doctor had consulted with a cardiologist immediately, his client’s condition would not have rapidly deteriorated as it did.

Linnan said Fox is insurance by Medical Liability Mutual Co., but the jury verdict amount exceeds the amount for which it is covered. He said he had no information on the extent of the hospital’s insurance coverage.

The hospital was represented in the trial by Binghamton lawyer David McCarthy. “I’m afraid I cannot comment about ongoing litigation,” McCarthy said when reached by The Daily Star.

Presiding over the trial was state Supreme Court Judge Michael Coccoma. Assisting Linnan in representing Sohl was his law partner, Charlene Fallon. Linnan said it was the largest jury verdict he has experienced in his 38 years of litigation.

 

 

 

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