Christopher Zinski, of Wheaton, went to Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield late one night four years ago complaining of a headache, neck pain, vomiting and disorientation. The then-50-year-old man was given pain medication and sent home, said his attorney, Kevin G. Burke of Burke Wise Morrissey & Kaveny.
Two days later, Zinski collapsed at his desk at law firm Schiff Hardin, where he was a partner. He had suffered a stroke, according to the suit filed in Cook County Circuit Court in 2013. He sustained serious damage to his short-term memory and can't remember any new information for more than about a half hour, Burke said.
"He's never going to have a normal life again," Burke said. "He's never going to have the career he could have finished with. He's never going to have the friendships he enjoyed."
Judge Thomas Lyons signed an order approving the settlement Monday. A trial in the case started Oct. 28.
Northwestern Memorial HealthCare spokesman Christopher King said in a statement that Northwestern's mission each day is to provide patients with high-quality, compassionate care.
"While we believe the care provided at that time was appropriate, we hope this settlement brings closure to the patient and his family," King said in the statement. At the time Zinski visited the hospital, it was part of Cadence Health, which Northwestern Memorial HealthCare acquired in 2014.
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