A state prison inmate has settled his lawsuit against the Minnesota Department of Corrections accusing its medical staff of negligence and destruction of evidence.
A $130,000 payment will go to Erick Thomas, 32, who suffered permanent nerve damage in 2012 after a nurse deemed him a “faker” in a log book and refused to get him care when he was found partly paralyzed in his cell. By the next morning, Thomas was unable to communicate and was rushed to emergency surgery. The medical staff was accused of destroying the note dubbing him a “faker.”
The department has paid more than $827,000 to inmates and their families in claims of negligent or inadequate medical care since 2011.