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$40,000 for Achilles Tendon Injury

$40,000 for Achilles tendon injury

On August 21, 1993, while incarcerated at the Coyote Ridge Corrections Center (CRCC) in Connell, Washington, Richard Yamamoto suffered a severe injury to his right Achilles tendon. The nature, extent, and severity of the injury was misdiagnosed and mistreated by CRCC medical staff. As a result, the torn Achilles tendon was allowed to atrophy to such a degree that Mr. Yamamoto suffered permanent, irreversible damage to his right foot, tendon, calf, and leg. In fact, Mr. Yamamoto did not receive surgical intervention until nearly a year later, after he was transferred to the Pine Lodge Pre-Release.

Following his release from prison, Mr. Yamamoto sued the DOC for medical neglect. The case eventually settled for $40,000.Mr. Yamamoto was represented by attorney L. Neil Axtell of Spokane. See: Yamamoto v. State of Washington, No. 96-2-5022101 (Franklin County Superior Court, August 2000).

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Yamamoto v. State of Washington