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BOP Sued For Federal Prisoner's Negligent Blinding

Ex Florida federal prisoner Luis Monroy Vargas brought a federal tort action against the United States in 1999 after becoming blind in one eye. Federal Bureau of Prisons personnel at three facilities failed to treat him properly after an object fell into his eye.

Monroy Vargas was incarcerated at the Federal Detention Center (FDC) in Miami in 1996. A foreign object became lodged in his left eye and FDI Miami, after attempting treatment, referred him to a specialist. Despite the specialist's recommendation for continued treatment, Monroy Vargas was transferred to the United States Penitentiary at Lewisburg and subsequently to the Federal Correctional Institution at Fort Dix, New Jersey. He repeatedly complained of severe pain and increasing loss of vision, verbally and in writing, for several months until an opthalmologic examination was finally performed. It was too late to save his left eye's vision.

Monroy Vargas brought the suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida under the Federal Tort Claims Act for negligence and failure to treat in 1999 after a previous administrative claim failed. No outcome was reported at the time of this publication. See: Monroy Vargas v. United States, USDC, S.D. Fla., Case No. 99 1635 civ (1999).

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