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$5,000 Paid for Failure to Treat Iritis

$5,000 paid for failure to treat iritis

While incarcerated at the WSP in 1993, Terry Miller contracted iritis in his right eye. The eye was extremely swollen, red and painful when he reported to the clinic on May 4, 1993. Despite the obviousness of the problem, medical staff did nothing to ensure that Mr. Miller was seen by an optometrist or ophthalmologist, or that he was provided with appropriate medication.

After more than two months of suffering, Mr. Miller filed suit in federal court. The DOC ultimately settled the case for $5,000 and a promise to provide appropriate medical care for Mr. Miller's eye condition. Mr. Miller was represented by attorney James Gillespie of Spokane. See: Miller v. Christensen, No. CS-94-438-JLQ (U.S.D.C. E.D. Wash., Feb. 12, 1996).

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Miller v. Christensen