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$100,000 Settlement In Death of Diabetic California Prisoner

$100,000 Settlement In Death of Diabetic California Prisoner

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) settled for $100,000 the wrongful death suit brought by the surviving son of a CDCR prisoner who died from undertreated diabetes after a 2½ year period.

Jeffrey Gautier was transferred in 2003 to Folsom State Prison. He had a medical history of type one diabetes, Addison’s disease and hypothyroidism. After he arrived at Folsom, he suffered multiple hypoglycemic (low blood sugar) seizures that were so severe as to bring him in and out of consciousness. His mental and emotional states deteriorated, and Folsom doctors recommended he be transferred to a medical facility to get the level of care he needed. However, this was never done. After 2½ years of such diabetic seizures, he died at Folsom in February 2006.

Gautier’s son sued in U.S. District Court alleging violations of Jeffrey’s Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment rights, as well as negligence. The parties settled in September 2008. Gautier was represented by Orinda attorney Richard Seltzer. See: Estate of Jeffrey Gautier v. Hickman, U.S.D.C. (E.D. Cal.) Case No. 07-390 GGH.

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Estate of Jeffrey Gautier v. Hickman