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Federal Prisoner's Negligent Tumor Diagnosis Results In Partial Colon Loss

Former Alabama federal prisoner John Trevor brought a federal tort action against the United States in 2002 after personnel at the Federal Corrections Center (FCC) at Talladega failed to diagnose and treat a cancerous tumor. The $1 million suit settled for an undisclosed amount in 2003.

Then prisoner Trevor began to "suffer from stomach cramps and rectal bleeding" at FCC Talladega. He underwent a colonoscopy in 1998 at a private hospital. From that point until 1999 Trevor's symptoms continued and he repeatedly requested to view his colonoscopy results. After finally viewing his record he found no evidence of such testing. A subsequent 1999 colonoscopy "clearly showed" that the cancer existed at least as early as 1998. He then underwent surgery and a seven inch section of his colon and a malignant tumor was removed. He brought the action under the Federal Tort Claims Act after a 2001 administrative claim was denied. He requested $1 million plus the cost of the litigation for pain, mental anguish, bodily injury, permanent disability, and present and future medical expenses due to the negligence.

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama approved a settlement for an undisclosed amount in 2003. See: Trevor v. United States, USDC, S.D. Ala., Case No. 02 cv 346 ws c (July 28, 2003).

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