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Pennsylvania Prisoner Settles with Prison Officials over Permanent Injuries Caused by Medical Neglect

by Christopher Zoukis

 Thomas K. Turner, a prisoner housed at Berks County Prison, Pennsylvania, agreed to an undisclosed settlement with prison officials in response to permanent injuries caused to his leg as a result of medical indifference.

     While Turner was imprisoned at Berks County Prison, he suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon. According to Turner, he was not given proper medical care for about seven months, leading to a permanent limp and regular confinement to a wheelchair.

     On May 1, 2008, Turner filed a complaint in federal court against Jessie Kirsch and several prison officials and staff, alleging that the neglectful medical treatment he experienced violated his civil rights. He also accused them of medical malpractice, and sought $250,000 in future lost income claiming that he would be unable to work following his release.

     A settlement was agreed upon, the terms of which were undisclosed, and the case was dismissed by Judge David R. Strawbridge on February 22, 2012.

See: Turner v. Kirsch, et al., United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2:08-cv-02005-DS (Feb. 22, 2012)

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