Prisoner Settles for $10,000 in Personal Injury Suit
A prisoner at Lebanon Correctional Institute settled his personal injury lawsuit with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) and Office of Risk Management for $10,000. The Court of Claims of Ohio approved the settlement on July 28.
Christopher Jackson on June 20, 2010, claims he was struck and partially run over by a state vehicle driven by a corrections officer while he was cutting grass at the prison. He said he didn’t receive any type of medical treatment until 10 days after the incident and was told to go back to work 3 days after he was hit.
Jackson sued DRC and the Office of Risk Management for negligence saying he suffered from chronic back and neck pain and claimed the backup alarm on the state vehicle was not working properly.
DRC and the Office of Risk Management claim Jackson was partially responsible for his injuries and said the statute of limitations on his medical claim ran its course and the suit should be dismissed.
The Court of Claims is given original jurisdiction to hear and determine all civil actions filed against the State of Ohio and its agencies.
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