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$1,500,000 Verdict for Medical Neglect of Arizona Prisoner

by Matt  Clarke

In April 1999, an Arizona court awarded $1,500,000 to a man who suffered an intestinal injury while a prisoner and denied timely medical treatment.

Mr. Griffin was 40-years old and an artist when he was incarcerated in 1994. During his incarceration, he suffered perforation of a duodenal ulcer resulting in peritonitis, adhesions, bowel obstructions, and diarrhea. Guards refused to provide medical assistance in a timely fashion when he complained of abdominal pain.

Aided by Phoenix attorneys Maria C. Speth and Jace D. McKeighan, Griffin filed suit in state court. He offered to settle the suit for $750,000, but defendants only offered $5,000. The April 1999 verdict was in Griffin's favor, and he was awarded $1,500,000.

See: Griffin v. McKissock; Simpson, Case No. CV 95-16461, 1999 WL 1894179 

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