UWS student from Pakistan sues Cloquet hospital

By KBJR News 1

March 31, 2014 Updated Oct 13, 2014 at 10:46 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- A University of Wisconsin–Superior (UWS) student from Pakistan is suing a Cloquet hospital for the treatment he received following a deer–car collision on Nov. 13, 2013.

Muhammad Shahzaib Bajwa has filed suit in Federal Court asking for $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.

Since the amount being seeked is $75,000 it is automatically moved to Federal Court.

Ramona Marozas