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Civilian's Fall At Michigan Federal Prison Settles For $80,000

Tennessee State residents Melinda and William Sexton brought a federal tort action against the United States in 1999 after Melinda slipped and fell at the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) at Milan, Michigan, in 1997. The suit settled for $80,000 in 2000.

Melinda was a business related guest at FCI Milan in 1997. She slipped on a patch of snow or ice allegedly resulting in permanent and irreversible damage. She claimed to have suffered a fracture of the left wrist, degenerative joint disease, past, present and future medical expenses, loss of earning capacity, physical pain and anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, and disfigurement. Her husband claimed past, present and future loss of his spouse's services, companionship, love and consortium. A 1998 administrative claim against the Federal Bureau of Prisons went unanswered and was therefore considered a denial. The Sextons brought a civil action under the Federal Tort Claims Act.

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan approved the settlement agreement and ordered each party to bear their own costs of litigation. See: Sexton v. United States, USDC, E.D. Mich., Case No. 2:99 cv 76310 (Nov. 4, 2000).

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