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Sacramento County Agrees to Pay $100,000 to Settle Inadequate Medical Care Suit

On July 12, 2007, Sacramento County agreed to pay $100,000 to settle a suit that alleged Sacramento County Main Jail (SCMJ) staff provided deliberately indifferent medical care.

Ricky Kirk cut his hand during a domestic dispute at his home. Kirk was arrested and taken to the SCMJ. Initially, medical staff cleaned Kirk’s wound and covered it with a dressing. However, jail staff failed to conduct further dressing changes, causing Kirk’s hand to become extremely infected. Because of the infection, Kirk had to undergo several medical procedures/surgeries, including a skin graft.

Kirk alleged medical staff were deliberately indifferent in not changing his dressings. Kirk was represented by Stewart Katz of Sacramento. See: Kirk v. County of Sacramento, No. S-05-01790 MCE-66H (E.D. Cal. 2007).

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Kirk v. County of Sacramento