KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A federal court has rejected a Tennessee county’s bid to block $140,000 in damages awarded to a former inmate who suffered a broken neck in jail that went undiagnosed and untreated for 70 days.

The Knoxville News Sentinel quotes in a Tuesday report the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that rejected Knox County’s bid to block the money for 63-year-old Donald Ray Nichols. He broke his neck when he rolled off his cell’s top bunk and fell onto a concrete floor in 2010.

The ruling says the county alone can be held responsible for Nichols’ claims that targeted its missteps in running the jail.

County Deputy Law Director David Wigler had appealed, arguing a nearly $188,000 settlement between Nichols and a jail nurse should have ended the case.

Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel,

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