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Vargas v City of New York

$17.5 million verdict

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Case Synopsis:

A Brooklyn jury awarded Mr. Vargas $17.5 million for the City of New York’s violation of his civil rights for failing to provide him medical care while in custody.

Mr. Vargas, a type 1 diabetic, was in police custody for allegedly being involved in a drug transaction. While in custody, he made several requests for insulin, all of which were denied. After over 58 hours without insulin, Mr. Vargas developed diabetic ketoacidosis, causing a seizure that resulted in a coma. Mr. Vargas remained in a coma for eight days, suffering disabling damage to his brain.

The jury found that the police officers involved failed to provide the necessary medical treatment and awarded $17.5 million to Mr. Vargas.