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California: Sacramento County Settles Medical Suit for $2,000

In June 2008, Roy Long received $2,000 to settle a suit he had filed against Sacramento County and Placer County in 2002, alleging that, over a period of 15 months, jail officials in both counties had been deliberately indifferent to his need for a hernia operation while he was in their custody.

Long’s suit, filed pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983, alleged that doctors in the jails in both Sacramento County and Placer County had told him that he needed to have an operation to deal with the severe pain he was experiencing “due to a large hernia,” but that county officials refused to schedule the operation because, insofar as he was destined to go to prison, the state would ultimately pick up the tab.

In May 2003, in exchange for an agreement to accept payment of $2,000, Long signed a release of his claims against Sacramento County and its employees. He received that payment only five years later.

In agreeing to the settlement, Sacramento County did not admit to any liability. Sources: Long v. Placer County Jail, U.S.D.C. (E.D. Cal.), Case No. 2:02-cv-00444-LKK-JFM.

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