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D.C. Prisoner Injured in Bus Accident Settles for $3,500.

Plaintiff Frank L. Patterson sued the District of Columbia for injuries sustained when a prison security gate closed on a bus that he and other prisoners were being transported in. The case, filed in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, settled on May 2, 2000, for $3,500.

According to Patterson’s complaint, when the transportation bus he and other prisoners were riding in arrived at the Occoquan Facility in Lorton, VI, on December 19, 1998, the electronic prison gate closed on the center of the bus causing Patterson and other prisoners to fall against the steel seats and to the floor.

Patterson’s alleged injuries included dizziness, blurred vision, severe back pain and seizure type episodes due to head injuries.

See: Patterson v. District of Columbia, Superior Court of the District of Columbia, Case No. 99-1687 (1998).

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