This past weekend, The Daily Star ran an opinion piece written by LRANY Executive Director, Thomas Stebbins, which was in response to the recent news that an Otsego County jury awarded a woman $126 million in a lawsuit against the local Fox Hospital. Stebbins highlights the impact that such a large judgment has on the hospital, the community and the state.
“The recent news of a historic, nine-figure judgment against Fox Hospital (“Fox Hospital hit with $126M verdict,” Oct. 3) should serve as a reminder for why health care costs in New York remain among the highest in the nation.
An Otsego County jury awarded the plaintiff $126m to pay for a lifetime of care and lost wages. The jury found Fox Hospital liable for the woman’s heart condition and decided Fox should compensate her for her injuries. However, her medical care and lost wages are just a fraction of the total $126 million award. The remainder is for non-economic or “pain and suffering” damages.”