An inmate serving seven years for drug and battery charges filed suit against Vandalia Correctional Center for negligence in federal court.

Michael A. Taylor claims that at 5:10 a.m. on July 30, an inmate pushing a cart of food in the kitchen lost control of the cart causing it to pin him against the wall. He suffered a fractured left wrist, the suit says.

"Now I can't use my left hand and I also have a cast on it," Taylor stated in a handwritten complaint.

He also claims that he went into shock, his blood pressure dropped "real low" and that he almost had a stroke.

Taylor also claims the pain medication the emergency room doctor gave him was not good enough.

"The pain was truly unbearable 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, which till this day is affecting my daily routine 24/7," Taylor wrote.

Taylor also provided medical records so the judge can confirm that he has been in pain and inconvenienced while being incarcerated.

Taylor is seeking monetary damages pain and suffering and the mental distress the alleged incident has caused him.

"I am a 50 year old male who has been in good physical condition my whole life," Taylor wrote. "No doubt this incident will have an effect on me finding employment once I am released."

Taylor's is expected to be paroled next October.

The case has been assigned to District Judge David Herndon.

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