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$200,000 Verdict for Florida Prisoner in Failure to Treat Epilepsy

The plaintiff in this case was arrested and housed in Florida's
Broward County Jail. Upon his arrest, he had a history of epilepsy and
brought his medication with him to the jail. A doctor employed by
defendant Prison Health Services ordered the prisoner to have his

The prisoner was denied the medication for over 24 hours despite that
order. He then had an epileptic seizure while on his assigned upper
bunk. The prisoner fell from the bunk, causing a lumbar disc herniation.
The jail admitted guilt, but contested the injury occurred from the fall
because it was pre-existing. On October 17, 1996, a jury awarded a
$200,000 verdict, finding the jail 10% negligent, Prison Health Services
40% negligent, and the plaintiff 50% negligent. The plaintiff was
represented by James K. Parker, Jr., Pembroke Pines, Florida. See: Monks
v. Prison Health Services, Broward County Circuit Court, Case No. 95-06561.

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