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Misdiagnosed Achilles Tendon Rupture Nets $5000 Settlement for Washington Prisoner

A $5,000 settlement was reached in a medical negligence claim against the Washington Department of Corrections (WDOC).

Oliver M. Wright was a prisoner at Stafford Creek Correctional Center when he suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in his left leg while playing basketball. He was seen by P.A. David Thompson on March 13, 2001, and again on April 11, 2001. Both times, Thompson told Wright he was suffering from a sprained ankle. After four months of intense pain, Wright was seen and properly diagnosed by an orthopedic doctor, provided surgery, and given proper physical therapy.

Wright filed his claim on December 1, 2001, with Washington Division of Risk Management; the claim settled on August 4, 2003, awarding Wright $5,000 in damages. See: Washington Division of Risk Management Claim #31053442.

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In re Wright