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Dec 4, 2010 1:26 PM by AP

CU pays $150,000 to family after death of patient

DENVER (AP) - The University of Colorado says it has paid $150,000 to the family of a man who died after oral surgery at the CU School of Dental Medicine.

CU attorney Patrick O'Rourke said Friday the settlement was paid to the family of Simon Medrano, who died after suffering a brain injury during a 2008 surgery to extract an abscessed tooth.

Medrano was 41. He never regained consciousness after the surgery. O'Rourke tells The Denver Post that CU didn't admit wrongdoing but wanted to resolve a case in which a family was harmed. An attorney for Medrano's wife declined to comment.

The $150,000 is the maximum permitted under a law covering the legal liability of state government entities.

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