Verdicts & Settlements: Man Settles for $17.7 Million in Malpractice Suit
December 3, 2010
A $17.7 million settlement was reached with a former Stone Park police officer who suffered a brain injury at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center due to medical negligence.George Nissen, 47, of Melrose Park will also receive $1.5 million from a nursing agency. The University of Illinois Board of Trustees approved the hospitals portion of the settlement — $16.2 million — last week. The Circuit Court of Cook County is required to make final approval.Nissen suffered a brain stem herniation when hospital staff failed to properly monitor his intracranial pressure during an external ventricular drain, according to Nissens attorneys Steven M. Levin and Margaret P. Battersby of Levin & Perconti and Louis Berns of Favil David Berns & Associates.