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$1,500 Paid for Failure to Provide Pain Medication

$1,500 paid for failure to provide pain medication

On July 7, 1993, Leonard Willis dropped a 65-pound weight on his left ring finger while incarcerated at the CRCC. The injury was extraordinarily painful, and Mr. Willis immediately sought medical attention. Although he pleaded for adequate pain medication and proper medical treatment, none was provided. After two days of suffering, Mr. Willis was transported to a doctor outside the facility who immediately prescribed pain medication and then amputated part of the crushed finger.

Mr. Willis filed a tort claim with the Division of Risk Management, alleging that CRCC medical staff acted negligently in refusing to provide pain medication. Risk Management settled the claim for $1,500. Mr. Willis was represented by attorney Theodore Spearman of Bainbridge Island. See: Matter of Willis, Tort Claim No. 31007780 (April 29, 1994).

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