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$3,175,000 Judgment against Private Health Contractor for Illinois Prisoner’s Stroke

$3,175,000 Judgment against Private Health Contractor for Illinois Prisoner's Stroke

On January 26, 2007, an Illinois prisoner who claimed he suffered a stroke due to negligence on the part of Health Professionals, Ltd. a private company that contracts with the State to provide health care to prisoners' was awarded $3.175 million.

While imprisoned at the Pinckneyville Correctional Center, an Illinois state prison, on January 5, 2002, plaintiff Raymond Granger, 38, suffered a stroke that left him permanently disabled.

Granger had received a mechanical heart in 1993 and had been taking the drug Coumadin. In his lawsuit he contended that employees of Health Professionals, Ltd. failed to properly monitor and/or medicate him between August 2001 and January 2002, and that this negligence led to his stroke.

The State claimed Granger was responsible for his injuries in whole or in part because he failed to take prescribed medication.

A verdict was rendered in Granger's favor and he was awarded $3,175,000, which was reduced by 5%, making the total award $3,016,250. Granger's award consisted of $1,500,000 for caretaking expenses, $1,000,000 for loss of normal life, $425,000 for pain and suffering, and $250,000 for disfigurement.

At trial Granger presented expert testimony from Dr. Roderic Gottula (internist) of Castle Rock, Colorado; Dr. Michael Frank (cardiovascular surgeon) of Evanston, Illinois; Dr. Sean D. Ruland (neurologist); Pamela Chwala, C.R.R.N. (rehab nurse); and Jerry Sweet, Ph.D. (neuropsychologist).

Granger was represented by attorneys Michael W. Clancy and Susan Clancy Boles of the Clancy Law Offices in St. Charles, Illinois. Judge Edward Petka presided over the 12 day trial. See: Granger v. Health Professionals, Ltd., 12th Judicial Circuit Court, Case No. 03L-65.

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Granger v. Health Professionals, Ltd.