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BOP Pays $80,000 in Slip and Fall Incident

The federal Bureau of Prisons paid $80,000 to settle a Federal Tort Claims Act action arising from a slip and fall incident at FCI Milan.

Melinda Sexton was a business invitee at the prison on January 31, 1997, “when she slipped and fell on a patch of ice or snow, which had been carelessly allowed to accumulate and remain in common areas of the premises.”

She sustained a “Colles fracture of the left wrist, degenerative joint disease” that required future medical care.  Her husband claimed a loss of consortium from the injury.

Represented by Detroit attorney Richard S. Steinberg, the Sextons filed suit on January 6, 1998.  The parties reached the $80,000, of which $20,000 was for attorney fees, on October 13, 2000.  See:  Sexton v. United States, USDC, E.D. Michigan, Case No 2:99-CV-76310.

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