$160,000 Verdict in NY Diabetic Cyst Suit
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Brill v. State of New York
On January 11, 2000, the New York court of claims awarded $160,000 to diabetic New York state prisoner Daniel Brill. In 1996 while at the Mid-State Correctional Facility Brill sought treatment for an infected cyst. Brill was eventually hospitalized and treated with IV antibiotics and ultimately required extensive surgery. As a result, he suffered significant scarring to his leg and the permanent loss of knee extension. Brill filed suit claiming that the treatment he received was inadequate. The court of claims agreed. The court held that the prison nursing staff was negligent in failing to properly monitor Brill's cyst when it turned into an abscess. The court held that if Brill's abscess had been properly drained when he first sought treatment the surgery would not have been necessary. The court awarded Brill $100,000 for past pain and suffering and $60,000 for future pain and suffering. See: Brill v. State of New York Court of Claims No. 97831 Syracuse. Source: NY Jury Verdict Reporter.