Former inmate blames jail operator for eye injuries

By Philip Gonzales | Apr 11, 2017

CHARLESTON — A former inmate is suing a state jail facility, alleging the defendants' negligence led to injuries for the plaintiff.

CHARLESTON — A former inmate is suing a state jail facility, alleging the defendants' negligence led to injuries for the plaintiff. 

James Darnell Walker filed a complaint March 24 in Kanawha Circuit Court against West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority, alleging failure to provide proper and timely medical services.

According to the complaint, on April 1, 2015, while Walker was an inmate at the defendant's South Central Regional Jail, another inmate attacked and struck him in his left eye. The suit says Walker already was blind in his right eye. 

As a result of the delay in medical treatment, the lawsuit states, Walker, is now blind in both eyes. The plaintiff alleges the defendant denied him proper medical treatment for the injuries he sustained.

Walker seeks trial by jury, compensatory and punitive damages, court costs and expenses, action and all other just and proper relief. He is represented by attorney Michael J. Del Giudice of Ciccarello, Del Giudice & Lafon in Charleston.

Kanawha Circuit Court Case number 17-c-416

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