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Friday April 8, 2011

US Gov to Pay $1.95M to Family of Immigrant Denied Care in Detention

US Gov to Pay $1.95M to Family of Immigrant Denied Care in Detention

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This week the federal government agreed to pay the family of a now deceased undocumented immigrant who died while being denied medical treatment in detention.

The government agreed to pay $1.95 Million to the family of Salvadoran immigrant Francisco Castaneda.

Castaneda was denied a biopsy on a painful lesion while he was in federal custody from March 2006 until February 2007. He died in 2008 at the age of 36 from cancer.

Castaneda’s 18-year-old daughter will receive roughly $550,000 and the rest will go for legal fees and expenses.
Conal Doyle, the family’s attorney, said the settlement is about eight times the cap placed on medical damages in California.

“It is certainly a recognition by the federal government that every human life has great value,” Doyle said. “It was very significant in light of the limitations we faced if the case went to trial.”