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Child's Fingertip Amputated After Guard's Negligence

Wisconsin resident Evonie Bean, guardian of injured minor Tianna Fudge, brought a federal tort action against the United States in 2001 after Fudge's fingertip was caught in a prison door and severed while at a prison visit. Details of the 2003 settlement agreement were not available due to a stipulated protective order.

Bean and Fudge went to the Federal Correctional Institution in Greenville, Illinois, in 1999 to visit Bean's brother, a prisoner there. Procedure called for a maximum capacity of 10 visitors at a time while passing through a particular doorway. The guard on duty "failed to check the door for clearance" and Fudge's finger was caught in the closing door, severing the fingertip. The guard then allegedly denied medical treatment at the facility, turning them away to acquire private transportation to and treatment at a nearby hospital. Bean brought the action under the Federal Tort Claims Act for willful and wanton negligence of a ministerial duty resulting in personal injury and scarring, medical expenses, and loss of work to obtain additional treatment.

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin approved the settlement. However, no details are available due to a protective order. See: Bean v. United States, USDC, E.D. Wis., Case No. 01 C 1025 (Mar. 28, 2003).

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