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Los Angeles County Jail Agrees To Pay $900,000 to Settle Lawsuit over Inadequate Medical Care

Los Angeles County has agreed to pay $900,000 to a prisoner who lost his foot after staff at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) in California delayed processing a culture test that later showed the prisoner had a serious infection.

Franklin Silva was arrested on March 7, 2005, by the LASD. On March 18, 2005, LASD staff took a culture of Silva’s right foot. The test results showed Silva had necrotizing fasciitis. However, the test results did not come in until March 20, 2005, two days after they were taken.

Silva was subsequently taken to the hospital and received care for his infection. However the treatments proved ineffective, and the infection spread through Silva’s body, injuring his right foot and right arm. The injuries were so severe, Silva’s right foot had to be amputated.

Silva sued LA County alleging negligence and violations of his civil rights. Silva argued that LASD staff took too long in processing the results from his culture.

LA County agreed to settle the case for $900,000. In addition, as a result of the settlement, LA County instituted a pol-icy requiring timely testing and review of all test results. The Plaintiff was represented by Neil J. Fraser, Esq. See: Silva v. County of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Superior Court, Case No. BC 349175.

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Silva v. County of Los Angeles

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