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$2.75M settlement reached for Oregon inmate's flu death

The Oregon Department of Corrections has agreed to pay a record $2.75 million to the family of a man who died from the flu at the Oregon State Penitentiary.

Posted: Oct 20, 2020 11:07 AM
Updated: Oct 20, 2020 11:13 AM

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Corrections has agreed to pay a record $2.75 million to the family of a man who died from the flu at the Oregon State Penitentiary and has apologized for the man’s “needless and preventable death.”


RELATED: Family sues Oregon Department of Corrections for $15M after Medford man dies in prison from flu


The Statesman Journal reports the settlement comes nine months after Michael Barton's family filed a $15 million wrongful death lawsuit accusing prison staff of failing to treat the 54-year-old man for the flu and then covering up his flu-related death.

Corrections Director Colette Peters last week publicly apologized to Barton’s family.

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