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Court: United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma (Tulsa County)
Defendant's Attorney: Tulsa County District Attorney's Office
Description: Tulsa, OK - civil rights lawyer represented Plaintiffs, the family and estate of Gregory Brown, who sued Tulsa County, Oklahoma, et al. on civil rights violation theories under 42 U.S.C. 1983, claiming that brown died while in the custody of the Tulsa County Sheriff's office and being held in the David L. Moss Correction Center.
Brown died March 8, 2012, at a local hospital after being detained at the Tulsa County jail from Feb 18 to Feb. 29, 2012. A jail doctor treated Brown for days for pain caused by kidney stones. Just before Brown was transported to a hospital, the doctor changed his diagnosis to a small-bowel obstruction. Brown underwent emergency surgery at the hospital after a surgeon determined that he had a bowel perforation and peritonitis, according to court records. Brown died after spending more than a week in the hospital’s intensive care unit.
The Plaintiffs claimed that the jail medical staff was deliberately indifferent to Mr. Brown's medical needs.
Outcome: Settled for $3.4 million.