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BOP Settles Medical Death Suit for $700,000

In February, 1999, the federal Bu reau of Prisons settled a medical neglect suit for $700,000. David Deen, a BOP prisoner, was 30 years old and confined at the U.S. Penitentiary in Atlanta, Georgia for five months. He was prescribed nitroglycerin for chest pains and anti depressants by BOP medical staff. He collapsed while waiting for medication in the prison "pill line." A BOP physician's assistant saw him, but did not perform a medical examination. Deen collapsed again later that night and was taken to a local hospital where he was dead on arrival. An autopsy showed that blockage in one of Deen's coronary arteries contributed to his death.

Deen's estate filed suit, claiming BOP medical staff ignored signs of Peen's heart disease; provided inadequate follow up treatment and showed deliberate indifference to Peen's medical needs. The BOP settled the suit by paying Deen's estate $700,000 in damages. As part of the settlement the BOP denied any wrongdoing or liability. See: Estate of David Deen v. USA, USDC, Atlanta, GA, Case No. 1:CV-970969-ODE.

Source: Georgia Trial Reporter

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Estate of David Deen v. United States of America