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Marin County Agrees to Pay $300,000 to Prisoner Severely Injured After Being Denied Psych Meds

On September 13, 2006, the County of Marin, California agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by a former Marin County prisoner who severely injured himself after being denied psychiatric medications.

Jacob Neitzel had a history of psychiatric problems before being booked into the Marin County Jail. Neitzel told jail officials repeatedly from July 1, 2004 to September 19, 2004 that he was not being given proper medication for his mental conditions. Jail officials, however, ignored his requests.

On September 19, 2004, Neitzel jumped off the second tier of his housing unit, landing head first on the cement floor, causing serious permanent injuries, including traumatic brain injury and fractures in his spine.

Marin County agreed to settle Neitzel’s constitutional and negligence claims for $300,000, $116,957 of which went to attorney’s fees and costs, $90,000 to Medi-Cal and the remaining $93,043 going to the Jacob Neitzel Special Needs Trust. Neitzel was represented by Cal J. Potter of the Potter Law Offices, Las Vegas, NV. See: Neitzel v. County of Marin, USDC, N.D. Cal., No. 3:05-cv-03128-JL. The complaint and order approving the settlement agreement are in the brief bank.

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The complaint and order approving the settlement agreement are in PLN's brief bank.