CHICAGO (CBS) – A Melrose Park man has settled his medical malpractice lawsuit against the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center for $16.2 million.
George Nissen’s lawsuit alleged that two nurses at UIC Medical Center didn’t properly monitor his condition while he was being treated there for a stroke in 2005, leading to brain damage.
His attorneys claimed that Nissen’s doctors weren’t notified for hours that the pressure inside his skull was elevated.
Nissen, 47, is now a quadriplegic. His lawyers said he can’t eat or speak and communicates only through eye movements.
The university’s board of trustees approved the settlement on Thursday, although the deal still requires court approval.
A nursing agency will pay an additional $1.5 million.
(TM and © Copyright 2010 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS Radio and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2010 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)