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$5,000 Settlement in D.C. Jail Prisoner’s Burning Lawsuit

The District of Columbia (D.C.) paid $5,000 to settle the negligence lawsuit of prisoner James Walton.

While incarcerated at the D.C. Jail on October 29, 2005, Walton was pulling a wheeled trashcan full of hot water through the kitchen when one of its wheels caught in a hole in the floor, tipping the can over and causing severe burns to Walton’s right wrist and foot. Nine days later, he was taken to Greater Southeast Hospital for infected first and second degree burns.

His complaint alleged negligence for failure to provide safe flooring, protective clothing and proper training.

Walton accepted settlement on August 23, 2007. He was represented by Washington D.C. attorney Geoffrey D. Allen. See: Walton v. District of Columbia, Superior Court, District of Columbia, Case No. 06-6690B.

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Walton v. District of Columbia