Monroeville man settles jail lawsuit over hand amputation

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A Monroeville man who sued Allegheny County and its jail healthcare provider alleging that mistreatment cost him his hand has received a settlement, according to a document filed in U.S. District Court today.

James Cotton, who is currently imprisoned at the State Correctional Institution Houtzdale for burglary and other crimes, sued in 2011 claiming that jail officials had known since 2009 of his diabetes. He was repeatedly treated in jail and at one point hospitalized for problems related to the disease.

At some point in his stay he was tightly handcuffed, and circulation to his right hand was cut off, according to his complaint. Surgery to save the hand was unsuccessful, and his right forearm was amputated, according to the complaint.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Cynthia Reed Eddy filed an order closing the case, indicating that it has been settled. Neither Cotton's attorney, nor a county spokeswoman could immediately provide the terms of settlement.

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Rich Lord: rlord@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1542 or Twitter @richelord.


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