Woman alleges Tensas Parish sheriff, medical staff did not arrange for follow-up care

By Lhalie Castillo | Jun 8, 2017

MONROE – A Colfax woman alleges that her broken arm did not heal properly because she was not provided follow-up treatment while at the Tensas Parish Detention Center.

Nancy Mitchell filed a complaint on May 25 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, Monroe Division against Tensas Parish Sheriff Rickey A. Jones, Dr. Sarah Lee and LPN Hazel Jefferson that they violated the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

According to the complaint, on June 5, 2016, the plaintiff was a pretrial detainee at the Tensas Parish Detention Center and fell and broke her arm while getting out of the shower. The suit states she was taken for treatment and given instructions to be seen by an orthopaedic doctor for further treatment.

The plaintiff holds Jones, Lee and Jefferson responsible because the defendants allegedly failed arrange follow-up care for the plaintiff and that her bones had improperly headed because she had not received necessary surgery.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks compensatory and punitive damages, plus interest, attorneys’ fees, costs of these proceedings and all further equitable and general relief. She is represented by Stephen J. Haedicke of The Law Offices of Stephen J. Haedicke LLC in New Orleans.

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, Monroe Division case number 3:17-cv-00687

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