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$2,500 Settlement in DC Prisoner’s Fall from Bunk Suit

The District of Columbia paid $2,500 to settle the lawsuit of prisoner Michael J. Hinnant, for falling out of his top bunk and hitting his head.

While incarcerated at the D.C. Jail on March 11, 2004, Hinnant received a bottom bunk pass due to a medical condition—a brace on his right wrist. When he arrived at the dormitory, he was assigned a top bunk by officers, even though he showed them his bottom bunk pass.

His complaint alleged that on March 13, 2004 while attempting to climb into his top bunk, he fell and hit his head on an ironing table located in his cell, causing injury. Hinnant accepted settlement on October 21, 2005 acting pro se. See: Hinnant v. District of Columbia, Superior Court of the District of Columbia, Case No. 04-4469.

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Hinnant v. District of Columbia