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$9,900 Settlement Reached After New York Prisoner Denied Medication Resulting in Seizures

By Christopher Zoukis

 Jerry McKoy, a prisoner at Arthur Kill Correctional Facility in New York who suffered seizures because medical staff denied him his medication, agreed to a $9,900 settlement with the doctor in charge.

     Beginning on May 9, 2006, McKoy was denied Neurontin, a medication he used for a seizure disorder, by prison medical staff. Despite multiple attempts to obtain the medication through the pharmacy and appointments with doctors and nurses, he did not receive his medication regularly until June 16, after he had already suffered two seizures that injured his back.

     On December 5, McKoy filed a pro se complaint in federal court against Dr. Lester Wright, Dr. Jennifer Mitchell, Nurse Jean Corrigan and Nurse Melrose Juannah, alleging that the denial of necessary medication violated his constitutional rights.

     On March 12, 2012, an agreement was reached in a settlement conference held by Judge Gary R. Brown.

      McKoy agreed to drop his claims against Mitchell, Corrigan and Juannah, and accept $9,900 in compensation from Wright. The case was dismissed by Judge Joanna Seybert on April 9.

 See: McKoy v. Wright, et al., United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Case No. 2:06-cv-06726-JS-GRB (Mar. 12, 2012)

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