Indiana Inmate Sues Over Leg Injury
An inmate at the Tippecanoe County Jail is suing the jail for injuries he sustained due to living conditions in the facility. The man, Anthony Overla, is an amputee who has a prosthetic on the lower half of one leg. Overla was assigned to a top bunk in the jail, and says he was forced to jump down off his top bed because there was no ladder.
Overla says the repeated jumps damaged his prosthetic leg, and eventually caused him injury because he was walking on the damaged leg. The injury he sustained became infected and led to a MRSA infection, for which he was only given Tylenol and told by the jail’s physician there was nothing to be done about the infection.
Overla says he repeatedly asked to be moved to a lower bunk, so he could avoid damage to his prosthetic, but says his requests were ignored. In addition to this, he says there were no railings in the showers, and he slipped on multiple occasions, due to the damage done to his prosthetic.
We will keep you updated on the status of Overla’s lawsuit, but we hope justice is reached in this case. Regardless of what crimes are committed that result in an individual being incarcerated, State and Federal law requires that certain standards and rights be upheld in prisons and jails.
If you have a loved one who has been injured in jail or prison, the lawyers at Wagner Reese can help you claim the damages you are owed to cover medical expenses and other sufferings. Give us a call today at (888) 204-8440 for more information about our legal services regarding police misconduct.