An appeals court has upheld an $813,000 damage award to a former federal prison inmate in Arkansas who sued the federal government after he had to wait a month for treatment for a broken ankle and fibula.
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday turned away government arguments that judgment to Jose Luis Gonzales was excessive.
Gonzales was an inmate at the federal prison in Forrest City when he injured his leg during a prison-sanctioned softball game on July 28, 2004. Gonzales repeatedly asked for treatment but was given only painkillers.
After finally being X-rayed on Aug. 26, 2004, doctors ordered surgery and installed two screws in Gonzales' ankle.
Gonzales was released in 2008 and repatriated to Mexico.