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South Carolina Prisoner Awarded $4,000 For Fall, Broken Ankle

On August 21, 2006, a South Carolina jury awarded $4,000 to a man who fell and broke his ankle while imprisoned in the Charleston County Detention Center.

Plaintiff Clark Green, 40, claimed that while imprisoned in the two-story jail he was forced to walk down the stairs for recreation with his hands cuffed behind his back and his legs shackled. As he got to the last four steps he fell and sustained an ankle fracture that required casting.

Green claimed he was unable to grab the hand rail and break his fall because of the handcuffs. He further claimed the baggy, ill-fitting jail clothes and broken sandals he had been issued contributed to his fall. Defendant?s claimed Green was negligent and noted that no other prisoners had reported falling on the stairs.

Green sued the county Sheriff?s Department for his injuries. Green?s last demand before trial was $75,000--the county offered $500. A Charleston County jury awarded Green $4,000 after deliberating 4 hours.
Green was represented by Cameron L. Marshall of Charleston. Judge Thomas L. Hughston Jr. presided. See: Green v. Charleston County Sheriff?s Department, Charleston County Court of Common Pleas, Case No. 2005CP10002003.

Source: The Carolina Verdict Reporter

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