In the Winter of 1966, Lawrence Jordan was a prisoner at the Washington State Reformatory (WSR) in Monroe, Washington. On March 7 of that year, Mr. Jordan submitted to eye muscle surgery by the WSR ophthalmologist. He was placed under general anesthesia and subsequently went into cardiac arrest, which caused severe, permanent brain damage. He was just 17 years old at the time.
Nearly 20 years later, Mr. Jordan, through a guardian ad item, sued the DOC. In 1995, the case was settled for $100,000, plus an annuity payment of $1,500 per month for the rest of Mr. Jordan's life. The money was placed in a trust to be used for Mr. Jordan's benefit because he is too brain damaged to care for himself. Mr. Jordan was represented by Steven R. Pruzan of Miracle, Pruzan & Pruzan.
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