Former inmate sues Kane County sheriff on charges of refusing medication

Published: Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

A man incarcerated in the Kane County Jail last year is seeking damages in excess of $50,000 from Sheriff Pat Perez on claims that he was denied medication, according to a complaint filed this month.

Wexford Health Services Inc., which provides medical services to jail inmates, also is named as a defendant.

According to the lawsuit, Randy Brattin was treated for depression, anxiety and seizures before his incarceration at the Kane County Jail on Nov. 30, 2012. He was reportedly prescribed and required to take medications for those conditions.

The complaint asserts the sheriff had a policy or practice of prohibiting those in custody from bringing medications or having medications brought to them in jail.

Instead, the complaint states, those medications were inventoried, and the sheriff’s own medical or pharmacy staff supplied the same or equivalent medication to inmates.

Brattin didn’t receive the medication he requested to bring inside the jail or any other medication to treat depression, anxiety or seizures, the complaint alleges.

Further, the document states, neither his physician nor family was contacted about his medical needs.

According to the complaint, Brattin suffered from severe depression, a panic attack and on Dec. 6, 2012, attempted suicide. He also incurred medical and hospital expenses and noneconomical damages – such as humiliation and emotional distress – as a result of the injuries, the document states.

The case is next expected in court at 9 a.m. Feb. 20.

Lt. Pat Gengler, spokesman for the Kane County Sheriff’s Office, said Perez does not comment on pending litigation.

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