- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 23, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A federal judge has approved a settlement in the 2013 death of an upstate New York jail inmate requiring the medical provider to pay $425,000 to the woman’s estate and its lawyer.

Judge David Hurd has rejected sealing the settlement between Correctional Medical Care Inc. and the administrator of Nicole Carmen’s estate.

Hurd writes that Schenectady County Jail subcontracted with Correctional Medical, and allegations of wrongdoing were significant. The claims followed numerous prior allegations.

The company reached agreement in 2014 with New York’s attorney general concerning allegations of understaffing.

The federal suit alleged that when Carmen was jailed for a probation violation, she told medical staff she was facing withdrawal from heroin, but staff failed to respond to her medical needs for four days until she was hospitalized.

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