$10-million settlement after Ontario hospital delays emergency surgery
October 17, 2008 -- A 27-year-old man from Ontario Canada, paralyzed since a 2002 beating, has won a $10 million settlement in a malpractice claim against a Barrie, Ontario, hospital accused of delaying his surgery.
According to the Toronto Star, on April 6, 2002, the man was clubbed on the temple with a log by another man in a case of mistaken identity. His attacker admitted at his sentencing that he “hit the wrong man.”
Friends carried him out of the woods to a hospital in Barrie, where it's alleged he waited almost an hour and a half to be treated. Later that night he underwent emergency neurosurgery at another hospital.
According to the terms of the settlement, the man will receive $10 million "in claims and interest" and "all claims against the defendants (hospital medical personnel) shall be dismissed without costs."
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