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Georgia $892,138 Settlement For Stroke/Brain Damage Caused By Cops

In March 1996, the County of Decatur, Georgia, agreed to pay $892,138 to a
man who claimed he was assaulted by deputies while imprisoned in the county
jail and suffered a stroke and brain damage as a direct result.

Following his arrest for public intoxication, the plaintiff contended
deputies forced him into a jail cell and banged his head against the bars.
One of the deputies reportedly struck him in the back of the head, causing
whiplash. The plaintiff later had a stroke and required two surgeries. He
suffers brain damage, is confined to a wheelchair, and is permanently
unable to work. He contended the blows to his head led to the stroke by
causing a tear in the lining of a vertebral artery. He was represented in
the lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of
Georgia, by attorney Jeffrey J. Dean of Dalton, Georgia. See: Vier v.
Decatur County, USDC SD GA, Case No. 93-42-THOM 1996 WL 938312.

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Vier v. Decatur County