Our Chicago brain injury attorneys, Steven Levin and Margaret Battersby, recently reached a $17.7 million settlement on behalf of a client who suffered severe brain damage as a patient at a Chicago hospital. The client is a former police officer who was in the hospital as a result of an injury that he suffered while on the job. The client was hospitalized in the neurosurgical unit of the hospital for his head injuries, and because of negligent nursing care while in the unit he suffered further serious brain damage that caused him to suffer from quadriplegia.
The brain injury lawsuit alleged negligence on the part of the nurses who were in charge of caring for our client. Hospital staff did not properly monitor our client’s intracranial pressure during a test of a drain that was in place to drain the excess fluid build-up following his stroke from his initial injury. As a result of this failure, his intracranial pressure rose to dangerous levels, but his physician was not notified by the nurses of the increase in pressure until the damage had already been done. As a result of this delay, he suffered an irreparable brain injury.
The brain injury lawsuit was filed in 2005. Our Chicago personal injury attorneys reached a settlement days before this case went to trial. With this brain injury settlement although the victim will never be fully compensated for what has been done to him, the compensation will allow him to receive lifetime medical care and will enable his family to purchase advanced assistive technology to help him communicate.
This is a case in which a serious injury likely could have been avoided had the hospital staff used proper care and monitored the patient at all times. While a hospital may be busy and have a lot going on, that is no excuse for failing to monitor and keep a close watch on patients who are at risk for such a severe injuries if not closely monitored. If you or a loved one suffered a personal injury as the result of a hospital or the hospital staff’s negligence and feel that the injury would not have occurred had it not been for their negligent actions, please contact our Illinois personal injury law firm. We have helped clients all over the state of Illinois, in cases similar to this former police officer’s brain injury case, and are here to help you with your case and to discuss what options are available to you and your family.