Barry Benson and his wife Kellie Benson seeking payment for medical bills Barry Benson incurred after he was transferred from the jail and unspecified punitive and compensatory damages, according to a suit filed earlier this week in federal district court in Rome.
In the suit, Benson alleges that indifference to his medical needs while he was in jail in July and August 2008 led to serious and permanent injuries that left him confined to a wheelchair.
County Attorney Suzanne Hutchinson said Thursday that she has not seen the suit and could not comment on its allegations.
According to the suit:
Benson turned himself into jail officials in July 2008 for a number of outstanding warrants.
At the time, he notified jail officials that he was diabetic and had recently suffered severe back injuries in a motorcycle accident in July 2008.
He claims jail officials denied him adequate medical treatment and as a result he suffered permanent injuries that have left him without the use of his legs.