A Wisconsin jury awarded $2.1 million to a Chicago, Illinois man who was the victim of medical malpractice in southern Wisconsin. 49 year old Daniel Nelson was injured in a motorcycle accident near Lake Geneva, Wisconsin almost nine years ago.
While rehabbing in a Burlington, Wisconsin hospital after the accident, Nelson’s tracheotomy tube became obstructed. Doctors waited too long before calling for an emergency team skilled in airway management to clear the tube. As a result, he nearly died and was in a coma for weeks. Nelson has since partially recovered, and now suffers from significant speech and memory problems.
The jury awarded Nelson $994,716 in medical expenses, $1 million for pain, suffering and disability, $50,000 to Nelson’s wife for loss of consortium and $65,000 to Nelson’s son, Nelson has had multiple surgeries since the medical malpractice occured and is now confined to a wheelchair.