December 13, 2011 - Partners Barry Packin and Bruce Nagel secured a partial settlement of $1,175,000 in a medical malpractice case against a neurological surgeon. The plaintiff had a history of hydrocephalus (fluid accumulating in the brain). She had a shunt placed in her brain by her neurological surgeon to drain the fluid and she was placed on a blood thinning medication. Two months later, the plaintiff fell at home in the evening, struck her head and immediately developed a severe headache. She was taken by ambulance to a local hospital emergency room. The emergency room physician ordered a CT scan of the brain and learned that the plaintiff was bleeding into her brain. He contacted the neurological surgeon who did not come in to see the plaintiff until several hours later. By that time, the plaintiff had lapsed into a coma and subsequently was declared brain dead. Attorneys Packin and Nagel reached a partial settlement of the case for $1,175,000 with the neurological surgeon. The case continues against the emergency room physician, the emergency room nurse and the hospital based on the allegation that they did little or nothing for the plaintiff after contacting the neurological surgeon even though the plaintiff became disoriented and eventually comatose.
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