NEW ORLEANS – An inmate at the Oakdale Federal Correctional Institution has filed a suit over allegations he was not provided access to adequate or reasonable medical care.

Anthony Belvin filed a complaint on March 1 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne, Warden Major Alvin Robinson of Nelson Coleman Correctional Center, et al. alleging that they violated the Eighth and 14th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that during his incarceration at defendants' correctional facilities, he made repeated complaints of abdominal pain but his complaints were not resolved. On April 8, 2016, he underwent surgery to remove a large inflammatory mass after being transported to an emergency room, the suit states. As a result of the defendants’ alleged negligence, he claims he has suffered physical pain, emotional distress, medical expenses and loss of earning capacity.

The plaintiff holds Greg Champagne, Robinson, et al. responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to provide access to adequate or reasonable medical care and failed to act as a reasonable and prudent jailers under the same or similar circumstances.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendants, jointly, severally and in solido, in a full and true sum which will compensate him for the injuries he sustained, plus interest, costs of these proceedings and for all general and equitable relief. He is represented by Jeffrey Michael Heggelund of Heggelund Law LLC in Gonzales.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Case number 2:17-cv-01776

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