$1.175 million partial settlement in medical malpractice case against a neurological surgeon

By Greg Kohn

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.

The attorneys at Nagel Rice, LLP represent clients throughout New York and New Jersey in a wide range of matters including personal injury, automobile accidents, brain injuries, medical malpractice, business litigation and class action cases.

About the Author
Greg Kohn is a partner at Nagel Rice and specializes in complex civil litigation cases, including professional malpractice, personal injury, class actions, wrongful death, products liability, and commercial litigation.  He has extensive experience representing clients in both state and federal court. Greg has tried many jury trials to verdict and has recovered over $50 million in settlements and verdicts in all types of personal injury matters including automobile accidents, wrongful death cases, slip and falls, and other catastrophic injury cases. Greg also handles medical malpractice cases, involving misdiagnoses, wrongful birth, and delayed cancer diagnosis. If you have questions regarding this article, you can contact Greg here.