November 4, 2010

CLIFTON N. MILLER and JOHN R. LaBAR – $10 Million wrongful death lawsuit filed against Coffee County, Tennessee in the death of a young woman confined to the Coffee County Jail on a minor charge. (Alton Lee Presley, individually, and as next friend of Angel Taylor, a minor v. Coffee County, Tennessee, Stephen M. Graves, Sheriff of Coffee County, Tennessee, et. al., Case No. 4:10-cv-77, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee).

COFFEE COUNTY, TENNESSEE — The wrongful death of a young woman confined to the Coffee County Jail on a minor charge has resulted in a $10 million wrongful death lawsuit against Coffee County.

The lawsuit, filed on November 4, 2010 in the U.S. District Court by Henry, McCord, Bean, Miller, Gabriel & LaBar, P.L.L.C. and the Law Offices of Jonathan R. Bunn, seeks $5 million in compensatory and $5 million in punitive damages as a result of the death of Allison Joy Taylor who was only 22 years old. The complaint alleges that the Sheriff and correctional officers at Coffee County Jail failed to provide medical care to Allison even though her dire need for medical care was clear.

“What happened in this matter was preventable. Coffee County owes a duty to its inmates to provide adequate medical care. Coffee County failed to provide any type of reasonable medical care to Allison Joy Taylor,” said Clifton Miller, Tullahoma attorney representing Allison’s father, Alton Lee Presley, individually and on behalf of Allison’s minor daughter, Angel Taylor. “This deliberate indifference to Allison’s medical needs constituted cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Constitution of the United States and Tennessee and in addition, was directly responsible for Allison Joy Taylor’s death.”

“Our investigation of this case reveals that Allison Taylor suffered from a serious medical condition that would have been obvious to anyone,” said Jonathan Bunn, a Tullahoma Attorney also representing Allison’s father. “When you are incarcerated, even for a minor offense, you are unable to get the medical help you need on your own. You are completely at the mercy of your jailers.”

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