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BOP Pays $75,000 to Settle Negligence Suit in Prisoner’s Death

The federal Bureau of Prisons paid $75,000 to settle a Federal Tort Claims Act action alleging negligence in the death of a prisoner.

The complaint alleged that Harold Good Voice Flute was held at FCI Sandstone in Minnesota when he died on August 14, 1996, of a cardiac episode.

It further alleged negligence between August 4, 1996, and August 14, 1996, was the cause of Flute’s death.  Specifically, it was claimed negligence occurred due to improper diagnosis and treatment and care in failing to obtain appropriate diagnosis and treatment, failing to review and obtain Flute’s medical records that recommended discharge on August 4 and that he be reviewed by a cardiologist, failing to prescribe medications for his condition, and failing to provide adequate medical intervention by a cardiologist or otherwise for a heart bypass or angioplasty surgery.

The BOP agreed to the $75,000 settlement on June 9, 2000.  Flute’s estate was represented by Minneapolis attorney Stanley E. Karon.

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