The Western Regional Jail, located in Barboursville, serves Cabell, Lincoln, Mason, Putnam and Wayne counties. (Photo courtesy of The Herald-Dispatch)

CHARLESTON - An inmate at the West Virginia Western Regional Jail has filed a suit against the Jail Authority after he was injured when the commode he was sitting on collapsed.

Michael Almond Jr. filed a suit Aug. 2 in Kanawha Circuit Court against the West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority.

According to the suit, Almond was incarcerated in the Western Regional Jail in Barboursville on Sept. 26, 2005. Almond claims he was sitting on the commode in his cell when it collapsed beneath him, causing him to be thrown to the floor and be injured.

Almond claims the jail is negligent by failing to properly install the commode. According to the lawsuit, Almond suffered various injuries. He seeks compensation for his injuries and damages.

Attorney Larry O. Ford is representing Almond. The case has been assigned to Judge Jennifer Bailey Walker.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number 07-C-1612

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