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$1,000 Settlement for Washington Prisoner’s Untreated Hernia

The State of Washington paid $1,000 to settle the lawsuit of prisoner James M. Downing for medical neglect.

While incarcerated at Airway Heights Correction Center (AHCC) from October 6, 2003 to November 18, 2004 Downing complained to medical staff about his numerous medical problems. He had a baseball sized abdominal hernia that was diagnosed by Dr. Chugh of AHCC on February 26, 2004. On July 14, 2005 he was diagnosed with Morton’s neuroma in his foot by Dr. Eric J. Bowton of Inland Orthopedics, who stated, “He has failed conservative treatment. I would consider neuroma exploration or excision….” Downing also has a chronic shoulder injury and hepatitis C.

His complaint alleged the DOC refused to allow any of the surgeries his medical conditions needed to alleviate his pain and suffering, and medical negligence. Downing accepted settlement on April 24, 2008. He was represented by Spokane Washington Center for Justice Attorneys Breean Beggs and Terri Sloyer. See: Downing v. State of Washington, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington, Case No. 05-177-FVS.

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Downing v. State of Washington