Committee recommends settling lawsuit by man's next-of-kin

2013-03-06T18:15:00Z 2013-03-06T20:51:09Z Committee recommends settling lawsuit by man's next-of-kinTimes Staff nwitimes.com
March 06, 2013 6:15 pm  • 

PORTAGE | The city's Advisory Claims Committee this week recommended settling a lawsuit. The recommendation will be taken under consideration Monday by the Board of Works.

City Attorney Gregg Sobkowski said the estate of Walter Saddler had initiated a lawsuit against the city after the 43-year-old man died in February 2011.

The lawsuit claimed the city was neglient in how Saddler was treated by emergency personnel responding to a 911 call.

Sobkowski said police arrived first, followed by emergency medical service workers who began treating Saddler who eventually coded in the ambulance and died.

The estate was suing the city for $4,500. Sobkowski recommended the city offer a settlement of $1,500, saying, while he believes the city would be resolved of the claim in court, it would be less expensive to settle the case.

Committee member and City Councilman Ted Uzelac Jr., who is also a police detective, said he was upset the family had brought the case against the city.

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