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Washington Department of Corrections Pays $4,500 Settlement for Prisoner’s Permanent Kidney Damage

A $4,500 settlement was reached in a medical negligence suit filed against the Washington Department of Corrections (WDOC).

Between April 9, 1998 and January 13, 1999, Keith Fair was a prisoner being held by WDOC at the Washington Corrections Center and the McNeal Island Corrections Center. For approximately nine months, Fair suffered from kidney blockages that WDOC medical staff continuously misdiagnosed. The misdiagnosis resulted in permanent kidney damage.

After exhausting administrative remedies, Fair filed suit on February 21, 2002, raising claims of negligence, cruel and unusual punishment, and deliberate indifference to medical needs. Settlement was reach on May 22, 2003 with Fair acting pro se, receiving $4,500 in damages. See: Fair v. Washington Department of Corrections, Washington State’s Thurston County Superior Court, Case #02-2-00301-7 (2002).

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Fair v. Washington Department of Corrections