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$2,500 Settlement for Failure to Treat Broken Arm and Shoulder Injury

Corizon Health agreed to pay $2,500 to a prisoner for failing to treat his broken arm. The complaint alleged other claims against the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) and its agents that were not relevant to the settlement.

Prisoner John L. Norman was assaulted on April 6, 2015, by two other prisoners at Gulf Correctional Institution Annex after a guard allegedly identified him as an informant. The attack resulted in a broken arm. Norman reported to medical but was told by a guard, “You’re not bleeding to death. Go back into the Dorm.”

He was finally seen by a nurse on April 9, 2015, but she said it was probably only bruised. She said the arm was not broken and refused to allow Norman to see a doctor.

Norman saw an orthopedic surgeon in August 2015 concerning a rotator cuff injury, and it was determined that his arm was broken but that it had fused. Surgery was recommended for the rotator cuff injury, but upon the filing of the complaint on February 29, 2016, that surgery had not been approved or conducted by FDC.

Acting pro se, Norman on July 11, 2017, agreed to accept the $2,500 settlement for his claims that Corizon acted with deliberate indifference to his serious medical need. See: Norman v. Blackwood, et al., Florida Second Judicial Circuit Court, Case No. 2016CA713

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Norman v. Blackwood, et al.