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Former Kane jail inmate files lawsuit vs. sheriff and medical company

Updated: January 28, 2014 6:13AM



A former Kane County Jail inmate is suing Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez, alleging that he was denied depression and anxiety medication during his incarceration, which led to a suicide attempt.

Randy Brattin, 33, of Elburn, is seeking more than $50,000 in damages, and has named Perez, and Wexford Health Sources, Inc. in the suit he filed earlier this month.

Wexford contracts with the jail to provide medical services to inmates, according to court records.

Brattin was taken into custody on Nov. 30, 2012, on his fourth drunken driving charge, fleeing/eluding deputies and several other charges.

During his incarceration, Brattin said he was denied his prescribed and required medication for the treatment of anxiety, depression and seizures.

The suit claims that jail policy is to inventory medication brought in by an inmate, and then to have the Sheriff’s Department’s own medical staff supply the same or equivalent medications to the inmate.

Brattin said in the lawsuit that never happened.

Instead, he said, doctors never regularly examined him, or contacted his primary care physician or family regarding his medical care. In the suit, Brattin said he notified staff at the jail that he was supposed to be taking the medication.

Brattin “never received the medication he requested” the suit alleges. Because of this, Brattin attempted to take his own life by cutting his wrists on Dec. 6, 2012, the lawsuit states.

As a result of being denied his medication, Brattin “suffered severe depression, and/or panic attack ... and attempted to commit suicide,” the suit states.

Perez would not comment on the pending allegation.

Brattin’s case management conference is scheduled for Feb. 20 in Kane County.



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