Patricia M. Jarzobski, P.C.
Contact Us Today
Menu Icon
View Our Practice Areas

Large settlement approved in brain injury case

When an individual is injured in a surgical procedure, it can be difficult to know how to address issues of legal recourse. Colorado families are often overwhelmed with adjusting to the new realities of life brought on by a serious brain injury, and have little energy or emotional fortitude left over to tackle their legal needs. However, in many cases brain-injured individuals have a lifetime of medical needs, and addressing the legal ramifications of a medical mistake can help the family to meet those needs.

One such case has made national headlines, and appears to be moving toward a sizable settlement. The case involves a toddler who went into surgery to address an undescended testicle. Following the surgical procedure, the child was recovering when his heart stopped.

The claim made against the hospital by the family of the boy asserts that medical professionals at the hospital did not begin CPR until five minutes after the boy's heart stopped beating. It is estimated that he was without a pulse for a period of 15 minutes. Oxygen deprivation sustained during this timeframe led to permanent brain injury.

County commissioners, upon reviewing the details of the case, recently approved a settlement to the family in the amount of $20 million. There is no word on whether the family will accept that amount, which is said to be one of the highest in the county's history. The family, should they decide to accept the settlement, could use that money to cover the cost of the child's medical treatment and address any continuing care needs. For Colorado families who are considering similar brain injury litigation, the details of this case may provide hope for a positive outcome in their own circumstances.

Source: Chicago Tribune, "$20 million settlement in Stroger Hospital surgery case," John Byrne, Feb. 5, 2013

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • Super Lawyers Patricia M. Jarzobski | 5 Years
  • Best Lawyers 2020
  • Super Lawyers Patricia M. Jarzobski | Super Lawyers
  • Avvo Rating 10.0 Patricia M. Jarzobski | Top Attorney
  • Americas Top 100 | 2017 | High Stakes Litigation
  • Super Lawyers | 2020
  • Best Law Firms 2020

Contact Patricia For Help and Answers Today

Office Image
Office Image
Call 303-332-3344 or contact us online using the form below to talk to us today.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Map Image

3575 Ringsby Court
STE 308
Denver, CO 80216

Phone: 303-322-3344
Fax: 303-322-6644
Map & Directions