$200,000 Awarded in Michigan Jail Wrongful Medication Suit
Source: Michigan Trial Reporter
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On June 22, 1999, a Macomb county jury in Michigan awarded $200,000 in damages to David Dempsey after he was wrongly medicated in the Macomb county jail. Dempsey suffers from bipolar disorder. While imprisoned on the psychiatric floor of the Macomb county jail, Suzanne Pease, a nurse with St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, who contracted to provide the jail's medical care, wrongly administered Prolixin Deconoate instead of Haldol Decanoate to Dempsey. As a result, Dempsey was left impotent for life. Dempsey is a single male in his twenties. After deliberating for six hours the jury awarded Dempsey $200,000 in joint and several damages against Pease, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital and Macomb county. See: Dempsey v. Pease, Macomb County Circuit Court, Case No. 96-5850-NH.