A civil case alleging medical service problems at the Buchanan County Jail has been transferred to U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri (St. Joseph).
This civil case filed by the Montee Law Firm on behalf of its client, Tyler Fee, seeks an unspecified amount of financial damages from Buchanan County, the county commissioners, the sheriff, advanced Correctional Healthcare and other employees of the county and health care provider.
The case has been assigned to U.S. District Judge Gary Fenner, who’s selected the case for the court’s mediation and assessment program, which puts the case on a fast-track for possible settlement if all the parities can come to an agreement.
The civil lawsuit alleges Mr. Fee was denied doctor-prescribed medicines for three days resulting in a fall, skull fracture and partial paralysis while being held in the Buchanan County Jail on a misdemeanor domestic assault charge.
The lawsuit also states Mr. Fee wasn’t treated for six days after the skull fracture even though he began bleeding through the nose, had slurred speech, dragged his right leg and lost the use of his right arm and hand.
On July 14, Mr. Fee was transported to Mosaic Life Care. Staff there immediately noted a skull fracture, admitted Mr. Fee and scheduled him for surgery.
Advanced Correction Healthcare, an Illinois-based corporation, currently serves 40 Missouri counties and cities with medical services for jail inmates. It also has contracts for 245 other jails in 17 states.
Medical lawsuits alleging improper medical treatment by the corporation have been filed in several other states, said Russ Purvis, an attorney with the Montee Law Firm.