Jury orders Danbury Hospital to pay $12 mil

DANBURY – A Superior Court jury Friday ordered Danbury Hospital to pay $12 million to a Redding woman who claimed surgeons botched her hernia operation.

The six-member jury deliberated about four hours before finding the hospital negligent for the injuries caused to 65-year-old Vivian Gagliano.

It is believed to be the largest malpractice verdict against the hospital. Gagliano was represented by Joshua Koskoff whose firm held the previous verdict record of $6.5 million against Danbury Hospital.

According to the lawsuit, on July 23, 2008 Gagliano went into the hospital for one-day laparoscopic hernia repair. During the surgery her colon was perforated. As a result, the suit states that Gagliano suffered severe health problems that resulted in her hospitalization for 70 days and cost her $1 million in medical bills.

Daniel Tepfer