Case Number: 2022-008417

In Federal Pro Bono Program

On Oct. 31, 2018, while incarcerated at Florence McClure Women’s Correctional Center, an inmate was working in a storage area stocking products on the top shelf. The top shelf held the heaviest items and allegedly collapsed due to bowing caused by over-stocking. The seam of the metal shelf split open and she fell into the opening. She alleges approximately 1500lbs of shelving and stored items fell directly onto her head, neck, and upper body. After a 2 hour delay, she was transported to the emergency department at University Medical Center. CAT scan results showed concerning damage and she was referred to a neurosurgeon. Once transported back to NDOC, she was not seen by a neurosurgeon and her pain became increasingly severe. As a result, she filed a federal complaint seeking monetary, declaratory, and injunctive relief under 28 U.S.C §§ 2201, 2202, and 42 U.S.C. § 1983 because of unsafe work conditions, failure to protect, cruel and unusual punishment, and deliberate indifference to pain and suffering. She is seeking legal representation through the Federal Pro Bono Program.

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