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California Medical & Retaliation Claims Settled for $21,300

California Medical & Retaliation Claims Settled for $21,300

California prison officials paid $21,300 to settle a prisoner's medical, retaliation and discrimination claims.

California prisoner Vahan Jaladian suffers from "degenerative chronic back pain, severe gastroesophageal reflex and stiffness of both hands." As a result, on June 24, 2003, prison physicians assigned him to "light duty work."

Despite the light duty order, CO Cribbs ordered Jaladian to perform work outside the limitations of the light duty order, stacking full milk crates. Jaladian seriously injured his back, sustaining three bulging discs.

Jaladian continually pushed CO Cribbs to file his Workers Compensation claim. Cribbs responded by firing Jaladian and issuing him a misconduct report.

On December 10, 2003, Cribbs had to file the Workers Compensation Claim papers for Jaladian. The next day, Cribbs retaliated again by taking Jaladian to the Unit Classification Committee. Jaladian remained on C-Status until April 16, 2004.

On July 8, 2004, Jaladian filed federal suit, alleging deliberate indifference to his serious medical needs, retaliation and discrimination.

Defendants finally agreed to settle Jaladian's claims on May 14, 2009. Although they refused to admit liability, Defendants agreed to pay Jaladian $21,300. See: Jaladian v. Cribbs, U.S.D.C. (E.D. Ca.), Case No. 2:04-cv-01304-LKK-CMK.

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