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$5,000 Settlement in DC Prisoner’s Wrongful Medical Death Following Surgery

The District of Columbia (DC) paid $5,000 to settle a multi-count complaint in the death of prisoner Benjamin Brown following surgery for a colon reattachment.

The complaint concerned the April 20, 2002 death of Brown at DC’s Central Treatment Facility (CTF). It alleged that Brown had surgery performed to reattach his colon by Dr. Maurice L. McCreary. The medical malpractice claim alleged McCreary released Brown from a local hospital to prison without prescribing any post-operative anti-clotting or other medications, other than “Tylenol 3 for control of minimal pain symptoms,” or instructions regarding post-operative care other than wound dressing. Such surgical procedures have a high probability of blood clot formation.

On the morning of his death, Brown pled for help, complaining of pain and an inability to breath. He later collapsed and died of a blood clot complication. It was asserted he did not receive timely or appropriate care by Corrections Corporation of America personnel, who operated CTF. On May 24, 2005, Brown’s estate accepted the settlement. The estate was represented by Calverton, Maryland attorneys F. Robert Troll and Isaac H. Marks. See: McCloud v. District of Columbia, USDC, District of Columbia, Case No. 03-cv-01777.

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McCloud v. District of Columbia