- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Lane County commissioners have agreed to pay $500,000 to the family of a mentally ill man who died after suffering a major spinal injury in county custody.

Kelly Conrad Green II died 10 months after the injury. Family lawyers alleged in a lawsuit that sought $100 million that his death was due to complications from the injury.

The Register-Guard reports (https://is.gd/x3EkDU ) that the federal lawsuit alleged Green suffered a broken neck and became paralyzed after lowering his head and running into a concrete wall at the Lane County Jail on Feb. 11, 2013. He had been arrested on a warrant for an unspecified offense.

The lawsuit accused the county and its jail medical provider at the time of ignoring the injury and leaving him paralyzed in a jail cell for six hours before calling an ambulance. Trial on the lawsuit was to start Monday.

Commissioners Chairman Jay Bozievich said Tuesday that while the county doesn’t believe Green’s injuries were preventable by Lane County staff, it thinks the settlement is the right course. He says a trial verdict could potentially be larger.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, https://www.registerguard.com

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