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$25,000 Settlement in D.C. Prisoner’s Slip and Fall Lawsuit

The District of Columbia (D.C.) paid $25,000 to settle the negligence lawsuit of prisoner Donnell Thomas for injuries sustained while helping unload supplies from an Aramark food service vehicle.

While being held at Lorton Correctional Facility on August 4, 2000, Thomas was working in the kitchen when Cpl. Knox instructed him to assist in unloading the Aramark food service vehicle. While doing so, Thomas fell from the vehicle, hitting his back against a pole and falling to the ground. An M.R.I. scan six months later revealed Thomas had herniated a disc in his back.

His complaint alleged negligence for requiring untrained prisoners to assist in unloading supplies and failure to provide medical care for a prolonged period of time.

Thomas accepted settlement on June 30, 2004 acting pro se. See: Thomas v. District of Columbia, Superior Court, District of Columbia, Case No. 02-0778.

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Thomas v. District of Columbia