A medical malpractice civil law suit filed on behalf of the late Neal S. Tostenson in the Guernsey County Common Pleas Court was settled out of court on Sept. 28 prior to the start of the punitive phase of the case.

The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

Judge Richard D. Reinbold then sealed the verdict from the compensatory (guilt) phase of the proceedings, releasing the following statement:

"The court having been advised that the parties sellted all claims arising out of the above referenced case, I will accept the representations that this matter is settled," said Reinbold in a motion filed on Sept. 28. "The jury having returned a verdict and interrogatories in the compensatory phase of this matter, I hereby order that said verdict form and interrogatories shall be sealed and placed in evidence with the other exhibits admitted and not to be opened until further order of the court of competent jurisdiction."

As a result, the court is prohibited from releasing the result of the jurors’ verdict or any terms of the punitive phase which was set to begin on Friday.

The case was filed by Tostenson’s daughter, Ann Lawrence, and executors of the Neal H. Tostenson estate, on Jan. 27, 2015, according to the court’s website.

The defendants named in the initial filing included Meridan Senior Living LLC, Raleigh, N.C.; IMP Cambridge Senior Living LLC, Cleveland; Meridian at Cambridge, Cambridge; Dr. Courtney Bonner, Cambridge; Ohio Department of Commerce, Reynoldsburg; and Ohio Department of Commerce Division of State Fire Marshal’s Office, Reynoldsburg.

No additional information was available as of press time.

Tostenson, 79, died on Feb. 11, 2015, after wandering out of the Meridan of Cambridge facility on Deer Path Drive where he was living in a special care unit. He was found outside the facility in subzero temperatures and transported by United Ambulance to Southeastern Med where he was pronounced dead.

An investigation by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office ruled there was no criminal misconduct that resulted in the death of Tostenson.