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37-year old male pre-trial detainee in the King County Correctional Facility denied timely treatment resulting in more extensive injury

Type of Injury: Failure to Refer for Treatment
Type of Case: Settlement
Settlement Amount: $1,000,000.00

Jurisdiction: Superior Court of King County, Seattle, Washington.

37-year old male was a pre-trial detainee in the King County Correctional Facility ("KCCF" or "King County Jail"). On September 27, 2016, M-37 fell and injured himself. Immediately thereafter and through October 7th, M-37 complained to members of the King County Jail Health Services ("KCJHS") about initial neurological deficits and, then, worsening of those deficits. Nevertheless, KCJHS refused to send M-37 to to UW Medicine’s Harborview Medical Center for a complete neurological workup. Plaintiff's expert alleged the staff breached the standard of care when, given M-37's history, presentation, and clinical signs/symptoms, they failed to timely and appropriately transfer him to Harborview for a higher level of care and/or consultation by an appropriate specialist.

Injuries: Due to the alleged medical negligence of the defendant, M-37 underwent a delayed C5-7 anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) and L5-S1 bilateral foraminotomies and facetectomies, which proximately resulted in a more significant neurological impairment.

What Each Defendant Paid: $1,000,000

Insurance Company: King County is self-insured.

M-37 was represented in this highly-contested case by Mr. Sandberg with his Seattle-based co-counsel, Jason Anderson and Tyler Santiago from the law firm of Anderson Santiago, PLLC.

The above summary is specific to a particular case and is not intended as a projected outcome on any other matter.

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