Cantor & Burger, LLC, Wins Settlement for Inmate Who Was Denied Emergency Medical Care

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After a prisoner was allegedly denied medical care for a bowel obstruction, a St. Louis-area personal injury attorney was able to win a fair settlement for the inmate, who turned out to have cancer.

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Because all prisoners have a right to ordinary medical care, Cantor & Burger pursued the claim under 29 U.S.C §1983 for violation of Murphy's civil rights.

As of March 13, 2015, Cantor & Burger, LLC, has settled 16 cases referred to the firm by other counsel over the course of six months. In the last case, Oral Jason Murphy v. Clark County Sheriff’s Office, et al (Case No. 2:13-CV-00056-HEA), the firm was able to secure a settlement of $53,000 on behalf of a county jail inmate who was allegedly denied emergency medical care and was later found to have cancer.

According to court documents, Gary Burger, partner and attorney at Cantor & Burger, LLC, represented Murphy in a case that was filed in the United States District Court Eastern District of Missouri. Two St. Louis-area lawyers referred the case to Burger and sought his assistance in order to win the case against Clark County, Missouri, and its Sheriff.

Referrals are a common practice in the legal industry and allow cases to end up under the purview of lawyers who have the most experience with the case type; in this situation, the Oral Jason Murphy v. Clark County Sheriff's Office case revolved around the civil rights and medical care of a jail inmate.

According to court documents, plaintiff Jason Murphy had been incarcerated in the Clark County Jail for about two months and was allegedly denied medical care by Clark County Sheriff and Jail administrators.

According to court documents, for several weeks, Murphy had complained of having a bowel obstruction and stomach pain. Jailers, however, allegedly would not provide care for Murphy nor did they permit him to see a doctor.

According to court documents, while appearing in court for a hearing, Murphy vomited and was released by the judge on his own recognizance. Murphy was immediately taken to his primary care doctor, where he received a CT scan.

According to court documents, the doctor discovered that Murphy had a bowel obstruction and sent him for surgery. There, Murphy's surgeon excised a large portion of his bowel and saved Murphy's life.

According to court documents, Burger noted that, had Murphy not been a strong young man, he likely would have died from the condition. The obstruction, it turned out, had been cancerous but was removable, making Murphy a cancer survivor.

Because all prisoners have a right to ordinary medical care, Cantor & Burger pursued the claim under 29 U.S.C §1983 for violation of Murphy's civil rights. The firm also conducted extensive discovery and took many video depositions of the defendant jailers.

According to court documents, The firm was able to settle this case for $53,000.00, a good recovery value for Murphy, who can recover comfortably.

In this situation, the Clark County Sheriff's Office had allegedly acted with deliberate indifference, and Cantor & Burger was pleased to help settle the case for a fair amount. The personal injury attorneys at the firm specialize in winning cases and ensuring that their clients get a full settlement, not 70 to 80% of it, to recover from their injuries.

About Cantor & Burger, LLC

Cantor & Burger, LLC is a St. Louis-based personal injury law firm. Its dedicated and experienced team helps clients receive fair compensation for losses, injuries and harms. It offers free consultations. To learn more, visit or Click Here

Cantor & Burger, LLC
56 Broadview Dr.
St Louis, MO 63105

Court Documents reference: "According to court documents": (Case No. 2:13-CV-00056-HEA)

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