UC pays $375,000 in settlement over inmate’s death

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The University of California has agreed to pay $375,000 to settle a 2008 lawsuit stemming from the suicide of a prison inmate who was under the supervision of university psychiatrists.

The lawsuit was filed by the family of the inmate, Baljit Singh, and alleged that psychiatrists at UC Davis Medical Center were indifferent to Singh’s needs and provided substandard care that led to his death, according to The Sacramento Bee.

The settlement follows developments in court that could have ended in a much larger payout by the university if the plaintiffs had prevailed at trial. Shortly before providing a deposition, a defendant in the case threw out his notes on Singh, and Singh’s psychiatric records — some of the most important evidence in the case — contained significant omissions of information.

According to The Sacramento Bee, the settlement amount includes $25,000 for each of Singh’s four children as well for as their mother. $250,000 will go to the family’s lawyers.

Jeremy Gordon is a news editor. Contact him at [email protected].