A male has sued Williamson County claiming he was denied health-related treatment method for a broken finger and write-up-traumatic strain disorder while in the county’s jail this yr.
Bernardo Acosta, a 41-year-previous Leander Air Drive veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, submitted the federal lawsuit this thirty day period. It is the to start with lawsuit from the countyunderneath the tenure of Sheriff Mike Gleason, who took business office in January.
Williamson County does not remark on pending lawsuits, mentioned spokeswoman Connie Odom on Monday. The county is experiencing 14 pending claims from former Sheriff Robert Chody’s tenure from 2016-2020.
The suit requests unspecified damages.
Cedar Park police arrested Acosta on May perhaps 27 for DWI but no prices have been filed against him, according to Williamson County information.
Acosta said that when he was in jail, he asked to simply call his wife to ask for she deliver his drugs for PTSD that he suffers as a end result of his deployments, the lawsuit mentioned. A jailer initially denied his ask for, the lawsuit explained.
It reported Acosta also requested a ongoing constructive airway strain equipment while in jail so he would not suffocate when sleeping because he has a rest condition.
“Acosta pleaded with the jailer to supply this basic care and the jailer maliciously slammed Acosta’s hand in the holding cell door,” the lawsuit mentioned.
It stated a single of Acosta’s fingers was damaged and he pleaded for health care help while suffering an stress and anxiety attack but gained no response from jailers.
“Mr. Acosta spread blood masking an full window so they (jailers) would see the harm was serious, given that his pleas had been originally staying disregarded,” the lawsuit explained.
After Acosta was in pain nearly 50 % an hour, jailers took him out of his mobile and gave him a cup of salt water and advised him to soak his broken finger in it, the lawsuit mentioned.
It said they also gave him gauze and a bandage but blood from his wound promptly soaked through the bandage just after he was place back again in his cell and jailers never ever responded to his ask for for a new bandage.
Virtually two hours after Acosta’s hand was slammed in a cell doorway, he was authorized to ask for PTSD medication from the jail infirmary, in accordance to the document. It claimed his wife brought the medicine but jailers by no means gave it to Acosta.
Acosta was launched from jail the working day after he was arrested, the lawsuit said. He right away went to an Urgent Care clinic, in which medical practitioners uncovered his finger was damaged, according to the fit.
It stated that three months immediately after Acosta was produced from jail. he nonetheless had no experience in his fingers and suffers from stress assaults and nightmares. Acosta performs the guitar for his church ministry and has not been equipped to to sense the guitar strings because his finger was damaged, the lawsuit explained.