UWS student from Pakistan sues Cloquet hospital

By KBJR News 1

March 31, 2014 Updated Mar 31, 2014 at 6:39 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- A University of Wisconsin–Superior (UWS) student from Pakistan is suing Cloquet hospital for the treatment he received following a deer–car collision on November 13th of last year.

Muhammad Shah–zeib Bajwa has filed suit in Federal Court asking for an excess of $75,000 claiming permanent brain damage.

Dr. Peter Olson treated Bajwa after the accident. Bajwa's lawyer claims the doctor failed to clear his airway causing him to suffer cardiac arrest and resultant brain damage.

Bajwa was a student last semester in a foreign exchange program at the UWS. He and some friends were driving back from Minneapolis when their car collided with a deer.

Bajwa suffered severe facial fractures and lacerations, but his brother says he was talking and responsive when they arrived at Cloquet Memorial Hospital.

Bajwa was treated in the Cloquet Hospital Emergency room and then transferred to Essentia St. Mary's in Duluth. Bajwa's lawyer, Paul Schweiger, claims the young man was left without oxygen for seven or eight minutes which resulted in significant brain damage.

Schweiger says they have had an emergency room doctor, from a nationally recognized medical school, review the case and that doctor says there was negligence in the situation which is a requirement to allow the case to go forward in Minnesota.

Schweiger didn't say how much they are asking. Since it's in excess of $75,000 it is automatically moved to Federal Court.

Ramona Marozas
Rmarozas@kbjr.com

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