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California DOC Agrees to $135,000 Settlement for Failing to Diagnose Prisoner’s Cancer, Resulting in Death

A $135,000 award was granted in the wrongful death suit against California Department of Corrections (CDOC). In July of 2000, Jake Mumm, a California prisoner, was housed at California Men’s Colony, where he began treatment for gastric problems by prison medical staff. This treatment continued until his release in April 2006. Upon his release, Mumm consulted a private physician and discovered he had advanced gastric cancer that had existed for many years. Mumm died on August 11, 2007, due to the cancer.

After exhausting administrative remedies, Mumm’s daughters, Jaqueline Mumm and Jessica Rucker, filed a wrongful death suit on March 24, 2008. The November 21, 2008 settlement also required dismissal of the suit. The Plaintiffs were represented by Louis J. Berthsche of San Diego.

See: Mumm v. California Department of Corrections, San Luis Obispo County Superior Court, Case No: CV-080279.

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Mumm v. California Department of Corrections