Federal Court to Rehear $111 Million Lawsuit Against St. Cloud Orthopedic Associates

MINNEAPOLIS – A federal court case that awarded a former St. Cloud State University student over $111 million due to permanent leg damage is set to go to trial again. St. Cloud Orthopedic Associates, the defendant in the case, has filed a motion for a new trial regarding non-economic damages. They claim there were errors in the evidence presented, attorney misconduct, and that the jury’s verdict was excessive and motivated by passion and prejudice.

Anuj Thapa, the student who sued St. Cloud Orthopedic Associates, declined an offer to reduce the previous jury award of non-economic damages from $110 million to $10 million. Instead, he has chosen to proceed with a new trial for non-economic damages. The judge has ruled that the economic damages awarded by the jury, which amounted to over $1.25 million, will not be affected by the decision to have a new trial.

Back in May 2022, a federal jury awarded Thapa more than $111.25 million for past and future medical expenses, pain, disability, emotional distress, and more. According to Thapa, he went to St. Cloud Orthopedics in January 2017 for a fractured leg he sustained while playing soccer. He underwent surgery but experienced severe and difficult-to-control pain in his left lower leg. Despite this, he was discharged with instructions to return if his symptoms worsened.

After six days, Thapa returned to the medical facility because the pain was as bad as when he left. The following morning, a different physician performed surgery and discovered acute compartment syndrome in Thapa’s leg. The muscles in that part of his leg were gray and had no contractility. Thapa claimed that he has undergone over 20 surgeries since then and still suffers from severe, disabling, and permanent leg damage. He blamed St. Cloud Orthopedics for their failure to properly care for and treat him, as well as their failure to inform him of the risks associated with discharging him instead of continuing treatment.

The federal jury in the previous trial agreed with Thapa, awarding him the nine-figure sum. A status conference is scheduled for the morning of January 9th in Minneapolis. The outcome of this new trial could have significant implications for both Thapa and St. Cloud Orthopedic Associates.

In summary, a federal court case involving a former St. Cloud State University student and St. Cloud Orthopedic Associates is set to go to trial again. The defendant has filed a motion for a new trial, alleging various errors and misconduct. The plaintiff declined a reduced award and opted for a new trial. The previous jury awarded the plaintiff over $111 million for medical expenses and damages. The next steps in this case will be discussed at a status conference on January 9th.