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$250,000 Settlement After Federal Prison Bus Accident

Numerous federal prisoners brought a federal tort action against the United States in 1995 after sustaining injuries during a Bureau of Prisons (BOP) prison bus accident. The suit settled for $250,000 in 1998.

Federal prisoners were being transported on a BOP bus in Florida in 1993. The bus, driven by BOP employee Vincent Jackson, was traveling on state road 93 in Alachua County when it collided with a vehicle directly in front of it. Fifteen prisoners brought an action under the Federal Tort Claims Act for the BOP employee's negligence, which allegedly resulted in bodily injury, pain and suffering, disability, loss of earning capacity, loss of enjoyment of life, disfigurement and past, present and future medical expenses. A previous administrative request for $100,000 per prisoner was denied in 1994.

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida approved the $250,000 joint settlement in 1998. See: Romero v. United States, USDC, S.D. Fla., Case No. 95 cv 0664
(May 22, 1998).

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