Inmate accused of faking illness nearly dies at Pueblo County Detention Center
August 22, 2018
A 37-year-old inmate suffered life-threatening symptoms for weeks without medical treatment at Pueblo County Detention Center after numerous staff members allegedly accused him of faking a serious illness and excruciating pain, a federal lawsuit says.
Jeremy Laintz nearly died before he was finally taken to a Pueblo hospital and then sent by Flight for Life to St. Anthony Hospital in Denver on Nov. 1, 2016, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Denver U.S. District Court by Denver attorney Anna Edwards.
The lawsuit names a long list of defendants including Correctional Health Partners, at least 11 nurses and medical staff members, the Pueblo County Board of Commissioners, Sheriff Kirk Taylor and 44 deputies and supervisors who allegedly failed to provide proper medical care for Laintz.
Laintz is seeking unspecified punitive and compensatory damages for pain and suffering, according to the lawsuit.
"Mr. Laintz had a treatable infection but health care workers openly treated his life-threatening symptoms as fake while he grew increasingly sick and near death," the lawsuit says.
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