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$500 Award in Sing Sing Medical Neglect Suit

$500 Award In Sing Sing Medical Neglect Suit

Willie Sykes, a prisoner at the Sing Sing Correctional Facility (SSCF), filed a pro se law suit against the State of New York, claiming that the SSCF medical staff failed to treat him for pain in his heals for 6 months.
In 1999, Sykes was seen by medical staff at the Downstate Correctional Facility, who told him that when he was transferred to his next location, he should be seen by a podiatrist. Sykes arrived at SSCF ten days later and was not assigned to see a podiatrist for 6-months, and only saw the podiatrist after a grievance committee investigation. Sykes testified that the podiatrist gave him cortisone shots that relieved the pain somewhat, but that .the delay caused him needless pain and suffering. The court held that Sykes did establish a prima facie case of simple medical negligence, and noted that it was convinced that some degree of pain could have been avoided by the use of such palliative care, and awarded him $500 See: Sykes v. State of New York. Claim No-101309 (Court of Claims, White Plains 4-1-02).

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