Cornwall filed a lawsuit against the jail and EMSA, the private, for profit medical care company which the jail has contracted with to provide medical services at the jail, claiming they were negligent in their care. Under the terms of the settlement, Washoe County paid Cornwall $24,999 and EMSA paid him $15,001. Washoe county deputy district attorney Greg Shannon said Ong had since been reassigned to clerical duties. He noted that Cornwall had suffered only minor injuries and had been told to take Advil when he sought medical treatment two days after his release from the jail.
Asked why the case had been settled, Shannon responded that while a jury could have awarded Cornwall a small amount in damages, the county could have been "clobbered" with attorney fees, which is what has happened to Washoe County in other cases.
Source: Las Vegas Sun
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