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$6,000 for Amputated Ring Finger

$6,000 for amputated ring finger

In the Summer of 1993, Donnie Hayes was confined at the McNeil Island Corrections Center (MICC), near Steilacoom, Washington. He was assigned to work in the MICC kitchen.

On July 21 of that year, MICC kitchen staff instructed Mr. Hayes and six other prisoners to transport food carts to the segregation unit. The prisoners complained that the kitchen did not have the appropriate equipment for unloading the food carts from the truck used to carry them to the segregation unit, such as a hydraulic lift or a ramp, and that someone was likely to get injured.

The following morning, on July 22, Mr. Hayes dropped a food cart while unloading it from the truck. His left hand was pinned beneath the cart and the tip of his ring finger was severed. For nearly five months, MICC medical staff simply bandaged the partially amputated finger, and refused to allow Mr. Hayes to see a doctor outside of the facility. Eventually, Mr. Hayes was transported to Saint Joseph's Hospital in Tacoma, where doctors performed surgical revision on the amputated finger.

Mr. Hayes subsequently filed a complaint with the Division of Risk Management. The tort claim was settled for $6,000. See: Matter of Hayes, Tort Claim No. 31023889-01 (Aug. 8, 1996).

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