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$20,000 Settlement After Citizen Falls At Federal Medical Center

Missouri resident Wealtha Liggins brought a federal tort action against the United States in 1996 after she fell at the Federal Medical Center (FMC) in Kentucky. The $500,000 suit settled for $20,000.

Liggins was a guest at the FMC in Lexington, Kentucky. She fell under undisclosed circumstances. After an administrative claim with the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Prisons was denied, Liggins brought the action under the Federal Tort Claims Act against the United States alleging negligence resulting in "diverse injuries to her leg and other parts of her anatomy." She alleged serious physical pain and mental anguish, present and future suffering, lost wages and impairment of the ability to earn future income, and continuing medical expenses.

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky approved the settlement in 1999 with no admission of guilt The parties were to pay their own costs and fees. See: Liggins v. United States, USDC, E.D. Ky., Case No. 96 424 (Mar. 12, 1999).

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