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$600,000 In GA Medical Neglect Suit

On February 27, 1999, a Baldwin county superior court jury in Georgia awarded prisoner Stephanie Stitt $600,000 in damages in a medical neglect suit against Correctional Medical Systems (CMS). Stitt fell and injured her back while playing volleyball at the Baldwin State Prison. The Georgia Department of Corrections has contracted its medical care out to CMS. Stitt repeatedly sought medical attention which was denied and delayed. As a result, Stitt suffered a herniated disk that left her with no bowel or bladder control. Stitt now requires daily catheterization and the use of adult diapers.

Stitt filed suit claiming she was denied adequate medical care. The Georgia DOC settled with Stitt for $280,000 before trial. CMS went to trial and the jury awarded Stitt $600,000 in damages against CMS. CMS's defense was that they were providing medical care as practiced in prisons. CMS has appealed the verdict. See: Stitt v. Correctional Medical Systems, Baldwin County Superior Court, Case No. 96-CV-32768-E.

Source: Georgia Trial Reporter

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