After T.F. was arrested in Pensacola, the federal judge sent him to the U.S. Penitentiary in Atlanta, Georgia for a mental health evaluation to determine his fitness to stand trial. Two months later, T.F. was found dead of dehydration in the facility’s infirmary, face-down and strapped to a bed with four-point restraints in an isolation cell.
His family hired attorney Daniel Soloway to bring claims in Atlanta, Georgia Federal District Court under the Federal Tort Claims Act. Setting a record at the time for the largest settlement ever made by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the Soloway Law Firm was able to recover $1.2 million for T.F.’s child and family.