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Man: Jail neglected wound

Dallas Morning News (Internet / Print) 06/03/06 http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/stories/DN-sickinmate_03met.ART.North.Edition1.3e5d5b8.html It took a Dallas County judge 10 minutes on Friday to do what jail staff had not done for more than five months – help inmate Jeffrey Ellard get to a doctor to treat a deep open wound in his leg. His is the first case of alleged neglect to surface since Parkland took over health care at the jail on March 1. David Finn, a Dallas lawyer who is suing the county in federal court for jail neglect, arranged the emergency court hearing for Mr. Ellard after learning about the circumstances from his family and seeing the wound on Thursday. Mr. Finn, who handled the case pro bono, said that nothing has changed since Parkland took over jail heath care, and he accused the county of "deliberate indifference." The jail's problems have been blamed on the county's former jail health contractor, the University of Texas Medical Branch, which decided not to renew its contract this year.



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