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Wrongful death lawsuit filed against Boyd County Jail

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Posted at 3:23 PM, Jan 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-06 15:23:39-05

BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against the Boyd County Jail.

The Daily Independent reported the lawsuit claims a lack of medical treatment for a fever led to the death of Christopher Hall.

Hall died on Jan. 12, 2019 at the University of Kentucky Hospital.

Hall was jailed Dec. 30, 2018, until Jan. 7, 2019, according to the lawsuit, which was filed by Courtney Stewart, the mother of Hall's daughter.

Hall possessed a high fever in jail that went untreated for several days despite his requests for medical help, according to Robert Waters, the Louisville attorney representing Stewart.

“It was the kind of thing that could have easily been treated and would have been if he had not been locked up,” Waters said. “Hall was 30. He shouldn’t have been frail and weak.”

The suit names jailer William Hensley and Advanced Correctional Healthcare, the company that provided medical services to the jail, as defendants. It also names three other jail employees and three nurses working for the company as defendants.

It claims the defendants were negligent in not providing medical care and that Advanced Correctional Healthcare was medically negligent and provided substandard services.

The lawsuit asks for unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.