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$2500 Settlement for Poor Dental Care by D.C. Corrections

On March 19, 2003, the District of Columbia agreed to pay $2500 to a prisoner to resolve allegations of inadequate medical care.

Ondrae Gant went to medical at Central Facility complaining of tooth pain. He had a decaying tooth that needed to be pulled. The dentist, however, told Gant that he could not pull the tooth because the “pressure machine” was broken.

Gant continued to report to medical, but was told each time that the “pressure machine” was still broken. Gant’s mouth eventually became infected. After much pain and suffering, Gant’s tooth was finally pulled.

Gant sued claiming negligence in not maintaining functioning dental equipment. The District settled for $2500. Gant represented himself.

See: Gant v. District of Columbia, No. 4946-00 (D.C. Sup. Ct.).

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Gant v. District of Columbia