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King County to pay former inmate $1M for untreated injury

October 6, 2018

SEATTLE (AP) — King County will pay $1 million to an ex-jail inmate who fell while in custody, suffering a spinal injury that went untreated for days and left him with permanent nerve damage.

The Seattle Times reports Bryan Telford alleged medical malpractice by county-jail staff while he was being held before trial at the King County Correctional Facility in Seattle when he fell in September 2016.

According to court documents, Telford’s lawyers said he displayed immediately symptoms of a cervical spinal injury and asked to be transported to a hospital, but was not taken for 10 days.

Telford filed a medical-malpractice lawsuit against the county last year. The county will pay Telford $1 million.

In a statement, Public Health - Seattle & King County, which oversees jail medical staff, declined to comment on the specifics of Telford’s case, citing privacy concerns.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com

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