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D.C. Prisoner’s Pro Se Complaint for Untreated Tumor Settles for $5,000

On May 23, 2001, Plaintiff Keith Richards-El settled his lawsuit alleging medical negligence by the District of Columbia and others for $5,000.

Plaintiff’s pro se suit, filed in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia pursuant to D.C. Code 1973 § 11-921 and 42 U.S.C § 1983, contented that medical staff at Maximum Security, Central Facility, and Occsquan Facility of the D.C. Department of Corrections failed to properly address the physical pain in his right middle finger, wrist, arm, and shoulder. Plaintiff later discovered that the pain was caused by a tumor that was not detected until October 17, 1999—eight years later. The tumor was finally removed on February 23, 2000.

The suit settled prior to trial for $5,000. See: Richards-El v. Williams, D.C. Superior Court, Civil Action No. 00ca-004190.

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Richards-El v. Williams