ARIZONA NEWS

Arizona jury awards $8 million to doctor wrongfully blamed for death

Jul 26, 2018, 2:40 PM | Updated: Jul 27, 2018, 9:30 am
(Pexels Photo)...
(Pexels Photo)
(Pexels Photo)

PHOENIX – A jury verdict of $8 million, believed to be the highest in Mohave County history, was awarded to an Arizona doctor who had been wrongfully accused of causing a patient’s death.

A Superior Court jury in Kingman on Wednesday awarded $6,232,000 in compensatory damages and $1,768,000 in punitive damages to the plaintiff, Dr. Arnaldo Trabucco, according to court records.

Trabucco had sued Jeffrey A. Cogan, his law firm and the family of the patient who died, Gerald Scharf. The jury assessed the damages against Cogan and his law firm, but not against the family.

Phoenix law firm Wilenchik & Bartness, which represented Trabucco, said it searched records and couldn’t find a higher verdict in Mohave County. The next highest award found was for $1.25 million in a 2010 medical malpractice case.

Cogan, who is based in Las Vegas, had previously sued Trabucco for causing Scharf’s death. A federal jury found that Scharf died of natural causes, Trubucco’s lawyers said.

Trabucco then sued Cogan and the Scharf family, seeking damages for harm to his reputation, loss of earnings, emotional distress and defense costs.

Trabucco’s lawyers said the board-certified urologist had never committed malpractice over his 28-year career. They said even Scharf’s wife, who had hired Cogan, didn’t think the doctor was responsible.

Jack Wilenchik of Wilenchik & Bartness said he wouldn’t be surprised if the ruling is appealed.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(File photo by Jon Cherry/Getty Images)...
Griselda Zetino

Supply chain issues causing problems for Arizona school cafeterias

School cafeterias across the Valley are struggling to come up with breakfast and lunch menus, and they’re blaming supply chain problems for that.
5 hours ago
(City of Goodyear photo)...
KTAR.com

Goodyear Police outreach team works to help those experiencing homelessness

An outreach team as part of the Goodyear Police Department is working to provide those experiencing homelessness with resources to help them get back on their feet.
5 hours ago
(ADOT photo)...
KTAR.com

I-17 south of downtown Phoenix to close each night through Friday

Interstate 17 south of downtown Phoenix will close each night through Friday as a project to reconstruct the bridge over Central Avenue nears completion.
5 hours ago
(Scottsdale Police Department/Facebook Photo)...
KTAR.com

Scottsdale police arrest man for allegedly trying to lure teen into paid sex act

A 26-year-old man was arrested in Scottsdale Wednesday for allegedly trying to pay a 16-year-old girl to perform a sex act, authorities said.
5 hours ago
(AP Photo)...
DIANNIE CHAVEZ | CRONKITE NEWS

Obamacare enrollment in Arizona expands by 40,000, with more gains likely

More than 40,000 Arizonans signed up for Affordable Care Act health insurance in the six-month special enrollment period earlier this year, and advocates expect the numbers to keep rising in the enrollment period that opens next month.
5 hours ago
Grant Woods (Gallagher & Kennedy Photo)...
KTAR.com

Weekend wrap-up: Here are the biggest Arizona stories from Oct. 22-24

The unexpected death of former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods on Saturday is among the biggest Arizona stories of the weekend.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

...
PNC BANK

How your family can explore the Musical Instrument Museum

Whether you want to spend a day with family, do crafts with kids at home, or have an adult night out, the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix has options. As the world’s only global musical instrument museum, MIM offers interactive and immersive exhibits to foster an appreciation of different cultures and their instruments. “A visit […]
...
PNC Bank

3 cool tips to turn everyday moments into learning experiences for your child

Early brain development has a crucial impact on a child’s ability to learn and succeed in school and life. Research has shown that 90% of a child’s brain is developed by age five.
...
Chris Kennedy

My Special Aflac Duck® taking flight in Arizona

For more than 65 years, Aflac has had the extraordinary opportunity and privilege to help provide peace of mind to individuals who have our supplemental insurance policies.
Arizona jury awards $8 million to doctor wrongfully blamed for death