» Prison Inmate Awarded $12 Million for Brain Injury

Prison Inmate Awarded $12 Million for Brain Injury

Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 22, 2013 – A prison inmate has been awarded $12 million for a brain injury.

A jury in federal court has issued a verdict awarding $12 million to a prison inmate who experienced brain damage after an epileptic seizure that occurred while he was incarcerated.

Ray Fox was serving time for a drug-related offense at the Stateville Correctional Center near Joliet, Illinois. Jurors found that the prison staff failed to give Fox his epilepsy medication, although they were aware that he needed it in order to prevent seizures.

“The jury has decided that this man's severe injury was the result of the negligence of the staff at the prison,” said Robert Briskman, a Chicago brain injury attorney, who was not involved with the case. “With the verdict, the jury has sent a message that prison officials must treat prisoners with a reasonable and appropriate standard of care.”

Fox had an epileptic seizure in his cell in October of 2007, suffering a severe injury to his head that left him with brain damage. His attorneys claimed at trial that he suffered vision loss and is not able to walk or care for himself. Fox requires round-the-clock care, and his elderly parents must help him with everyday tasks such as bathing.

Fox presented evidence that he and other inmates had asked personnel at the prison to give him his medication for a period of three days before the seizure occurred. Fox was prescribed the drug Dilantin to prevent seizures, but his prescription had run out. According to Fox's attorneys, he suffered a number of seizures that led to an aneurysm. Medical records showed that when Fox was taken to the hospital, levels of Dilantin in his body were very low.

The trial lasted for one week and resulted in the award of $12 million. The award included compensatory damages of $11 million and punitive damages of $1 million.

Stateville Correctional Center is a maximum-security prison for men. The center houses an average of 3,500 inmates and employs approximately 1,300 staff members. Prison officials had no comment on the case.

To learn more about a Chicago personal injury lawyer and Chicago personal injury attorney, Robert Briskman, visit http://www.briskmanandbriskman.com or call 877-595-HURT (4878).

Briskman Briskman & Greenberg
351 West Hubbard Street, Ste 810
Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: 312.222.0010
Facebook: Like Us!
Google Places: Contact a Chicago personal injury lawyer from Briskman Briskman & Greenberg on Google Places!To learn more, contact a Chicago personal injury attorney or Chicago car accident lawyer at Briskman, Briskman & Greenberg by calling 312.222.0010 or visiting http://www.briskmanandbriskman.com.



  • Personal Injury Claim Cites FitBit Data
    Wearable devices that track the movements of users to help them with personal fitness goals can also produce evidence that can be used in personal injury lawsuits. The first known case to use data from the popular FitBit device is now underway. The plaintiff in the personal injury claim was injured four years ago, before ...
  • Why You Should Never Talk to Another Driver’s Insurance Company – Podcast
    This episode of the Chicago Injury Alert explores the risks of speaking to the other driver’s insurance company after an accident. Don’t fall in to traps that are being set by claims adjusters and others working for the insurance company.
  • What You May Not Know About Drowsy Driving
    When comedian Tracy Morgan was hit and severely injured by a fatigued truck driver, drowsy driving issues were pressed into a spotlight. Driver fatigue usually does not receive as much attention as drunk driving, but it can be just as dangerous. Here is what you need to know. It is more prevalent than you may ...
  • Birth injury lawsuit filed for forty million USD
    The family of a boy with cerebral palsy have filed a $40 million birth injury lawsuit, claiming that their son’s disorder was caused by medical malpractice. The parents of Maverick Ramseyer, now age six, filed the suit against Silverton Hospital in Oregon. The boy’s movements and coordination are hindered by the neurological disorder. He needs ...

See other news sources publishing this article. BETA | Tags: , , , , , , ,



Get headlines from Law Firm Newswire sent right to your inbox.

* indicates required