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Former inmate wins $1M in medical malpractice suit

(AP) A former Virginia inmate won more than $1 million in a malpractice suit against prison medical staff he accused of improperly treating his broken finger, saying he still feels the effects.

U.S. District Court records show a jury awarded the damages to 32-year-old John Kinlaw on Thursday.

Kinlaw sued Armor Correctional Health Services Inc., after his release from Lunenburg Correctional Center in 2017, news outlets reported. He said he fractured a finger bone in the prison recreation yard and medical staff gave him only an icepack. The suit accused the medical staff of ignoring X-rays that showed he could need surgery.

The complaint said Kinlaw waited over 100 days before being taken to a specialist, who confirmed his hand had healed wrong.

Armor’s lawyers say the jury misunderstood the medical facts.

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