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Pennsylvania Prison Inmate Receives Settlement for Ceiling Collapse Injury

by Christopher Zoukis

 Ian Quarles, a Pennsylvania inmate at State Correctional Institution Smithfield, agreed to a settlement in response to alleged injuries caused by the collapse of a shower ceiling.

     On October 12, 2005, Quarles was allegedly injured when the ceiling of a shower collapsed on him. He filed a pro se complaint in federal court against the warden, John A. Palakovich, and other officials and employees of the prison, for failing to protect him from a known dangerous condition within the prison.

     The defendants responded by saying that Quarles was not injured and that living conditions within the prison did not violate his constitutional rights. An orthopedic expert, Dr. Robert Dahmus, and a carpentry expert, Greg Badorrek, were lined up to counter Quarles' claims, but the parties reached a settlement prior to trial.

 See: Quarles v. Palakovich, et al., United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Case No. 3:07-cv-1905. (Nov. 3, 2011)

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Quarles v. Palakovich, et al.