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$25,000 Settlement in Washington Detainee Contracting for TB in Seattle Jail

Washington State’s King County Jail has paid $25,000 to settle a pretrial detainee’s claim that he contracted tuberculosis while held at the jail.

While held at the Jail from November 2003 through January 2004, Jason Perez contracted tuberculosis from another detainee. As a result, he sustained a permanent condition, the tuberculosis bacterium resident in his system.

He brought a state negligence claim alleging jail officials failed to establish a protocol for detecting tuberculosis in prisoners, failing to maintain proper supervision of prisoner suspected of having a communicable disease such as tuberculosis and for failing to attend to Perez’s health and welfare.

Perez settled the claim on September 14, 2007 for $25,000. He was represented by Seattle Attorney Charles S. Hamilton, III. The documents related to this case are on PLN’s website.

See: Perez v. King County, King County Superior Court, Case No: 06-12968-T. King County Claim No: 37476

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Perez v. King County