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$9 million verdict may be largest in county history

A jury Thursday awarded a Butler man and his wife nearly $9 million in damages, lost wages and future medical expenses, in what one of their attorneys called the largest verdict in county history.

Todd and Beverly Wogan, of Colonial Avenue, were awarded $8.78 million collectively in the verdict, which came against Butler Memorial Hospital after the couple filed a civil suit in 2013 alleging negligence.

The claims stem from a series of surgical procedures Todd Wogan received in early 2012 that began with a procedure to repair an abnormal connection between his colon and urinary bladder. In the two months following the surgery, Wogan was in and out of the doctor’s office and BMH’s emergency room multiple times, according to the lawsuit.

Ultimately Wogan ended up at Allegheny General Hospital, where seven different surgeries were performed as doctors worked to repair damage to and infection of his abdominal cavity. Due to the stress of extended septic shock Wogan experienced, doctors at AGH had to amputate both of his feet as well as portions of fingers on his left hand.

The jury verdict Thursday found that BMH was “100 percent” liable for “causal negligence” in the case, according to a jury slip filed with the Butler County Prothonotary’s Office.

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