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$12 million awarded to prison inmate who suffered brain damage

Updated: February 20, 2013 6:14AM

A prison inmate who suffered permanent brain damage when he had an epiletic seizure behind bars has been awarded $12 million by a federal jury.

Jurors found that staff at the Stateville Correctional Center in Joliet failed to give 50-year-old Ray Fox epilepsy medication even though they knew he needed it.

Fox — who was serving time for a drug offense — suffered a critical head injury when he had a seizure in his cell in October 2007. Evidence showed he and his fellow inmates had urged prison staff to give him his medication for three days before the accident, his attorneys say.

Fox’s injuries left him partially blind and unable to walk or care for himself, court papers alleged.

The $12 million awarded Fox at the end of a week-long trial includes $11 million in compensatory damages and $1 million in punitive damages, according to a news release from his attorneys, Loevy & Loevy.

“People lose many rights when they are convicted of a crime and sent to prison, but it is still illegal to ignore a human being suffering in a cell,” Fox’s lawyer Mike Kanovitz said in a release.

Stateville officials wouldn’t comment.

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