Former Illinois Restaurant Owner Awarded Two Million in Medical Malpractice Case

A former Illinois restaurant owner has been awarded $2.1 million by a jury in a medical malpractice case over injuries he suffered during medical treatment after a motorcycle accident.

The Milwaukee County, Wisconsin jury found that the doctor that treated Daniel Nelson was negligent in providing medical care. The hospital and other medical personnel were not found negligent.

Nelson was awarded medical and health care expenses of $994,716 and $1 million in damages for pain and suffering. Nelson’s wife was awarded $50,000 for loss of consortium and his son was awarded $65,000 for lack of companionship and society. At the time of the accident, Nelson’s son was just over a year old.

The doctor’s attorney said that her client had exercised the proper standard of care and strongly disagreed with the verdict.

According to Nelson’s attorney, Nelson and his wife were involved in a motorcycle accident in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin in September of 2000, and both were severely injured. Nelson was at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee for 13 months. During rehabilitation, Nelson’s tracheotomy tube became obstructed. The lawsuit alleged that the doctor did not call for an emergency team in a timely manner. As a result, Nelson was in a persistent vegetative state for seven weeks and has problems with speech and memory.

Prior to the accident, Nelson owned an Illinois restaurant for 20 years.

Paul Greenberg is a Chicago medical malpractice lawyer and Chicago medical malpractice attorney with Briskman Briskman & Greenberg. To learn more call 1.877.595.4878 or visit

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