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$99,000 Settles Federal Prisoner's Deliberate Medical Indifference Suit

Cameron Craven fractured his ankle while being arrested by DEA agents. He was taken to a hospital. A doctor recommended surgery in three to four days. Instead, he was placed in the MCC in San Diego, California where his repeated requests for a referral to an orthopedist were ignored by staff and medical personnel.

Seven-and-a-half weeks after suffering the fracture, Craven was taken to an orthopedist who said that surgery should have been performed within the first two weeks and that, due to the delay in treatment, the broken ankle could only be treated with physical therapy and a subtalar fusion might have to be performed.

Craven filed a federal civil rights lawsuit pursuant to Bivens with claims of deliberate indifference to serious medical needs. Defendants' motion for summary judgment was denied. On February 18, 1997, defendants agreed to settle the case for $99,000. Craven was represented by San Diego attorneys Bonnie E. Kane and Gayle M. Blatt.

See: Craven v. Evans, U.S.D.C.-S.D. Cal., Case No. 3:95-cv-00361-B-LSP


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