Damages awarded to man who suffered in jail with broken neck

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A federal jury has ruled that Tennessee's Knox County owes a former inmate $2,000 for each of the 70 days the man spent behind bars with an undiagnosed, untreated broken neck that caused him so much pain he considered killing himself.

The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/2cEcInj ) reports a jury on Wednesday awarded 62-year-old Donald R. Nichols $140,000 in damages for the pain, mental suffering and humiliation he endured in 2010 while housed at a detention facility outside Knoxville.

Nichols broke his neck when he rolled off his cell's top bunk and fell head-first onto a concrete floor in August 2010. A nurse requested an X-ray the next day, but none was ordered for 70 days.

Nichols eventually had surgery and now walks on a cane.


Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com