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A man who said he was deprived of prescribed epilepsy medication while serving a prison sentence at Statesville Correction Center was awarded $12 million in damages by a federal jury. The man suffered permanent injuries from the deprivation, according to the lawyers who represented the man. The Chicago Tribune reported a story on the case.
The spokesman for the law office said the jury awarded Raymond Fox $11 million in compensatory damages and $1 million in punitive damages.
After Fox was denied his epilepsy medication, the 50-year-old was severely disabled in 2007. According to Fox's attorney, the prison staff ignored his need for medication.
Fox's attorney commented on the verdict, saying that his was a significant verdict if you have any knowledge on prisoner rights. ”It's very difficult to get any kind of significant settlement for prisoners when their rights are violated,” he continued.
Outside of prison, people are realizing that if they are injured because of someone else's actions, they should consult an attorney on the situation. This goes for traffic accidents, workplace injuries, and a number of other scenarios. Neglect during care in a nursing home might also make you eligible for compensation.
If you or a loved one have suffered any kinds of injuries as a result of someone's reckless driving or overall carelessness, or a nursing home has ignored your care, which has led to an injury, you should contact an attorney. An experienced personal injury attorney in your area can help you determine how to proceed. Contact our Illinois personal injury attorneys today for a consultation.