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Bureau of Prisons Pays $40,000 to Settle Prisoner's Injury Claim

Lai Chiem Saelee, a prisoner at Federal Correctional Institution Dublin, California, settled her claim for injuries caused by the negligence of the Bureau of Prisons in July 1999.

Saelee sued under the Federal Tort Claims Act, 29 U.S.C. §§ 2671 et seq., and alleged that Warden Loy Hayes and other employees of the Bureau of Prisons were negligent in the care and upkeep of the recreational area known as "the skating barn." As a direct and proximate result of the Bureau's negligent care, Saelee alleged that while skating on March 11, 1995, her skate caught in a crack, causing her to fall and fracture her left ankle.

Saelee claimed damages in the amount of $99,600.00 for her injury.

The case settled in July 1999. In exchange for payment of $40,000.00, Saelee agreed to dismiss her case.

Saelee was represented by Fair Oaks, California attorney Kenny N. Giffard.

The documents from this case were obtained by Prison Legal News after winning a twelve-year-long battle with the Bureau of Prisons over a Freedom of Information Act request.

See: Lai Chiem Saelee v. United States, United States District Court, Northern District of California, Civil Case No. C-97-4420 EDL.

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