Swiss Exchange Student Suffers Brainstem Stroke 18 Days After a Motor Vehicle Accident
MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CASE
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Posted in:Settled | $2.5 Million
Nearly three weeks after a rear-end accident at college—requiring immediate care at local hospital—a 21-year-old Swiss exchange student suffered a brainstem stroke. He was airlifted home to Zurich, Switzerland for treatment. We retained a German physician to review the records, which showed that the student suffered a small vertebral artery dissection at the time of the accident (which should have been immediately diagnosed and treated by his healthcare providers). It was not. Instead, the dissection was allowed to slowly worsen over the next 18 days. It eventually caused a total occlusion of the basilar artery, which than led to bilateral brain stem infarction. We then hired Swiss counsel, Swiss and American economists, an American vocational rehabilitation expert, and a German neuropsychologist who examined the brain-damaged student on multiple occasions in Turin, Italy, Munich, Germany and Wunnewil, Switzerland. The case settled for $2.5 million.