Settlement for Federal Tort Claims Act - Negligence of Federal Correctional Officers

The Case: We represented an inmate, incarcerated at FCI Williamsburg in Salters, SC, who was injured while acting in his role of Recreation Commissioner for the prison's basketball program. A situation developed and tensions between inmates began to flare after our client made the decision to end the game. Shortly thereafter, he was attacked by an unruly inmate, leaving him with a traumatic brain injury. Pursuant to the Bureau of Prisons policy, the correctional officers were required to be present on the sidelines to prevent this very type of situation from arising, and they failed to adhere to their own policy which exposed our client to a vulnerable situation which led to his severe injuries.

The Outcome: The case was aggressively defended by the US Attorney's Office and the BOP's counsel up until the week before trial where the parties reached a settlement agreement for the sum of $465,000.

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