An inmate at the Pinckneyville Correctional Center is suing the state director of the Illinois Department of Corrections, wardens and prison health care providers for not providing knee surgery.
Dewan White claims he injured his knee playing basketball while incarcerated at the Cook County Jail in 2003.
According to a suit filed Dec. 5 in the U.S. District Court for hte Southern District of Illinois, White was told by a jail doctor that surgery would be performed at the Cook County Hospital to repair a torn ACL.
White was transferred out of the jail before the surgery was performed.
White is seeking immediate surgery to repair torn ligaments in his right knee and $300,000 in punitive damages, $200,000 in compensatory damages and costs.
Defendants include Roger E. Walker, Jr., Julius Flagg, John Evans, Christine Brown, Wexford Health Source and Adrian Feinerman.
"Despite having a serious medical need for surgery to repair ACL in the right knee, Defendant Wexford, Brown, Feinerman and Flagg acted deliberate in-different (sic) to plaintiff serious medical needs," the complaint states. "Deliberately failed and refuse to either access (sic) plaintiff correctly or other-wise take medically necessary action to authorize him to receive surgery by orthopedic surgeon."