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Ignored by jail staff, woman loses arm after rough arrest
Daily Caller ^ | 01/01/2014 | Robby Soave

Posted on 01/01/2014 7:47:00 AM PST by Rusty0604

A woman has filed suit against the police department that injured her arm during her arrest and then ignored her increasingly poor medical state — eventually costing her an arm.

Needham claimed that police surprised her while she was in the bathroom, tasered her and applied arms bars and wrist locks...

Needham spent one week in Allegheny County Jail, during which she asked to see a doctor 16 times. Belatedly, she was taken to a hospital, where doctors amputated her arm at the elbow.

Needham had a minor criminal record. Earlier this year, she plead guilty to resisting arrest, simple assault and disorderly conduct.

The lawsuit alleges cruel and unusual punishment, excessive force, battery and negligence. Needham is seeking $75,000 in damages.

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1 posted on 01/01/2014 7:47:00 AM PST by Rusty0604
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To: Rusty0604

$75,000 dollars????????

She either has a bad lawyer or a bad case, this should be in the millions.


2 posted on 01/01/2014 7:48:10 AM PST by Venturer (Half Staff the Flag of the US for Terrorists.)
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To: Venturer
She either has a bad lawyer or a bad case

I'm going with bad case.

What was she doing in the bathroom when police surprised her ?

3 posted on 01/01/2014 7:50:26 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (I forgot what my tagline was supposed to say)
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To: Venturer

That’s what I’m thinking. Maybe a typo?


4 posted on 01/01/2014 7:52:40 AM PST by Rusty0604
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To: UCANSEE2

I don’t care if she was eating human flesh! This woman should have got millions!


5 posted on 01/01/2014 7:53:01 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: Venturer

Not enough to ask for this treatment by those who are supposed to “protect and serve.” But the taxpayers should pay this penalty for employing thugs like this at their police dept.

A much better system would be that the individuals who caused the injury, that denied her 16 requests to see a doctor, and their supervisors would have to pay the penalty. This system would also make these lawless employees a lot more careful.


6 posted on 01/01/2014 7:55:42 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: Rusty0604

Horrible. I hope she wins.


7 posted on 01/01/2014 7:57:00 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: null and void; Alaska Wolf

Ping


8 posted on 01/01/2014 8:00:13 AM PST by sport
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To: Venturer

$75,000 dollars????????

She either has a bad lawyer or a bad case, this should be in the millions.

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The local story in the P-G on this states Ms. Needham is suing for “more than” $75,000. “more than” was apparently edited out.

There are a lot of local lawsuits that like to phrase it in this way- might have something to do with Pennsylvania tort law and the way the papers are drawn up.


9 posted on 01/01/2014 8:01:33 AM PST by I_Like_Spam
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To: UCANSEE2

Her attorney, Marvin Leibowitz, said she was the subject of a warrant because she missed a preliminary hearing on a charge that was ultimately reduced to disorderly conduct.

When sheriff’s employees arrived, Ms. Needham said she was using the bathroom, but they broke down the bathroom door, according to the complaint. They shocked her with a Taser, applied arm bars and wrist locks, and put on handcuffs “that were too tight,” the complaint said.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/local/2013/12/31/Woman-sues-county-over-treatment-in-jail/stories/201312310081#ixzz2pABofTSd


10 posted on 01/01/2014 8:03:34 AM PST by Rusty0604
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To: Venturer

I believe that is the minimum. In my opinion, it is still low though. The ones that denied her medical treatment should get long prison terms. And believe it or not, there was those who defended them on the other thread. It was in a back handed way though.


11 posted on 01/01/2014 8:03:53 AM PST by sport
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To: UCANSEE2

I would say shitting or pissing. The same thing most people use the bathroom for.


12 posted on 01/01/2014 8:05:18 AM PST by sport
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To: Rusty0604

This is just one reason that health care costs go through the roof. Some dip wad lawyer got a hold of this woman (who obviously doesn’t like the police to begin with). Medically the amputation has nothing to do with her being cuffed and put in jail. This is insanity that will continue until we do something about shyster lawyers


13 posted on 01/01/2014 8:07:37 AM PST by Nifster
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To: Venturer

she has both a bad case and a bad lawyer… amputation is not the solution for so called compartmental syndrome….


14 posted on 01/01/2014 8:08:28 AM PST by Nifster
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To: TexasFreeper2009

not if what she claims is false…. you are so darned quick to blame the police. this is the classic version of the slip and fall case…. this woman’s amputation was not due to being hand cuffed.


15 posted on 01/01/2014 8:09:40 AM PST by Nifster
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To: Venturer

In Pennsylvania, the plaintiff does not demand a specific amount of money as damages for a tort claim. A claim in excess of $75,000 means that the case will not be in the arbitration division, which is limited to claims of no more than $75,000.


16 posted on 01/01/2014 8:09:53 AM PST by metalurgist ( Want your country back? It'll take guns and rope. Marxists won't give up peaceably.)
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To: txrefugee

or how about slip and fall lawyers be outlawed??? This is not a causal case. Just because you dislike the police does not make this woman’s claim or the law suit accurate. How about you find out a little bit more about her so called condition before you start making idiotic claims?


17 posted on 01/01/2014 8:11:32 AM PST by Nifster
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To: Venturer
"$75,000 dollars???????? She either has a bad lawyer or a bad case, this should be in the millions."

It sounds like she filed her case in Federal Court. One of the requirements for Federal Court jurisdiction in certain cases is that the "amount in controversy" be at least $75, 000. Thus, in the complaint attorneys routinely state that the damages "are in excess of $75,000" just to establish that the court does have jurisdiction to hear the claim. That doesn't mean the plaintiff is only seeking $75,000 in relief.

18 posted on 01/01/2014 8:13:35 AM PST by circlecity
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To: TexasFreeper2009; UCANSEE2

In some cases the initial amount of the suit is really a placeholder. They have to file to get it in the system and then they’ll work on the amount later. Thats the only thing that makes sense here.

Because it doesn’t matter why she was arrested or how many times she requested a doctor. All that matters is whether she lost her arm due to cause stated.


19 posted on 01/01/2014 8:19:53 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: txrefugee

The jailers are lucky we are not in the Old Testament days... an arm for an arm.


20 posted on 01/01/2014 8:20:32 AM PST by Boogieman
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To: Rusty0604

Just got to love the *** damn state ;/


21 posted on 01/01/2014 8:22:19 AM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: Nifster

Yeah because the cops never do anything wrong.

They never anally probe old men in New Mexico for clenching their buttocks.

They never shoot dogs.

They never sexually assault more then 25 people in Wisconsin and take more than 2 years to investigate.

Never right?

Meanwhile despite all of these abuses, ruined lives, robberies, shootings, and broken families illegal drugs are available in every town in this country.


22 posted on 01/01/2014 8:23:21 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: circlecity; metalurgist; sport

Thanks makes more sense that way.


23 posted on 01/01/2014 8:23:33 AM PST by Venturer (Half Staff the Flag of the US for Terrorists.)
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To: Venturer

$75,000? If I were her, I would seek $75 trillion and would not quit until I was awarded every single penny.


24 posted on 01/01/2014 8:32:40 AM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: Rusty0604

Some day... I don’t know when, these police are going to need US. With their continued abuse and militarization, many people are going to simply look the other way, when one of them needs help.

For what could be coming, there simply aren’t enough of them to maintain order when the SHTF. Nowhere near enough. It doesn’t matter how many federally paid for armored ‘toys’ and automatic weapons they have.

They are slowly but surely bringing it upon themselves.


25 posted on 01/01/2014 8:33:36 AM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Nifster

The rough treatment and confinement caused Needham’s left arm to develop compartment syndrome, a medical condition in which muscle tissue is injured and swells, cutting off circulation to a compartment of the muscle.

Deprived of oxygen and nutrients, the muscle tissue in the blocked compartment dies and becomes necrotic. The damage then spreads to other tissues. Left unchecked, compartment syndrome can cost limbs and lives.

The only treatment is a surgical intervention in which the muscle’s hard coating, the fascia, is cut open to relieve the pressure and swelling. In Needham’s case, an infection invaded the necrotic tissue, which then spread throughout the arm.

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/12/31/pittsburgh-woman-loses-arm-after-alleged-police-brutality-and-jail-neglect/


26 posted on 01/01/2014 8:38:21 AM PST by Rusty0604
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To: Nifster

The rough treatment and confinement caused Needham’s left arm to develop compartment syndrome, a medical condition in which muscle tissue is injured and swells, cutting off circulation to a compartment of the muscle.

Deprived of oxygen and nutrients, the muscle tissue in the blocked compartment dies and becomes necrotic. The damage then spreads to other tissues. Left unchecked, compartment syndrome can cost limbs and lives.

The only treatment is a surgical intervention in which the muscle’s hard coating, the fascia, is cut open to relieve the pressure and swelling. In Needham’s case, an infection invaded the necrotic tissue, which then spread throughout the arm.
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/12/31/pittsburgh-woman-loses-arm-after-alleged-police-brutality-and-jail-neglect/


27 posted on 01/01/2014 8:39:23 AM PST by Rusty0604
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To: Nifster
Read this.

Where do you get the idea that the cuffs had nothing to do with it? Just because she is in jail doesn't mean she wasn't entitled to medical care which could have saved the arm.

Yeah, the cops never shoot into vehicles, kill dogs and tazer people instead of I don't know, talking to the person. How many times have we all seen the gestapo ordering a suspect to do something while another gestapo officer is yelling different instructions. These thugs are out of control and your attempts to blame the woman for this are contemptuous.

The cops behind this need to lose their jobs, their freedoms and their pensions and be unemployable in any type of authority role after they get out of jail.

28 posted on 01/01/2014 8:44:02 AM PST by Lx (Do you like it? Do you like it, Scott? I call it, "Mr. & Mrs. Tenorman Chili.")
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To: TexasFreeper2009
I don’t care if she was eating human flesh!

*I* care.

I wasn't invited!

(crying)

29 posted on 01/01/2014 8:46:35 AM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

A million, maybe, but not millions! We need to rein in these ludicrous lawsuits, most of which are paid by you and me. We only know one side of the story here, and even though it sounds like she has been mistreated, we should NOT be advocates of such huge payouts. Common sense payments. She should be recompensed for the surgery and somewhat for the loss of limb. These days, the loss of limb is not a total loss of ever being able to create revenue for oneself.


30 posted on 01/01/2014 8:49:37 AM PST by Shery (in APO Land)
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To: I_Like_Spam
Correct. I did a Quit-Claim deed for "$10 and other valuable consideration." The purpose of said wording is to throw blood hounds off the trail. It is very common in this Commonwealth.

We have a wonderful number of archaic laws. Just as a couple of examples:

  1. Marriages in Centre County are recorded in Orphan's Court documents, a leftover from illegitimate children produced by Penn State students.
  2. State run liquor stores, a leftover from prohibition.

31 posted on 01/01/2014 8:56:21 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Shery

The payout is to compensate her for the loss of her arm, not a minor inconvenience, a major problem.
Also, it should discourage the police from using gestapo tactics.

We should not have to pay for this though, it should come from the cops, that station’s budget and maybe they can stop buying military armor and vehicles.


32 posted on 01/01/2014 8:56:24 AM PST by Lx (Do you like it? Do you like it, Scott? I call it, "Mr. & Mrs. Tenorman Chili.")
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To: Vigilanteman

Speaking of state run liquor stores, are there still drive in liquor stores around these days?


33 posted on 01/01/2014 8:57:44 AM PST by Lx (Do you like it? Do you like it, Scott? I call it, "Mr. & Mrs. Tenorman Chili.")
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To: sport

I think you have narrowed it down :>)


34 posted on 01/01/2014 9:00:57 AM PST by dainbramaged (Windage and elevation, Mrs. Langdon; windage and elevation.)
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To: I_Like_Spam
There is an element of federal jurisdiction under "diversity" (parties from more than one state) that requires the claimed/potential damages to be more than $75,000. $75 grand or less and the plaintiff only has recourse through a state court system.
35 posted on 01/01/2014 9:10:40 AM PST by Cboldt
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To: driftdiver

Not just dogs. How about cops shooting people in cold blood without provocation. This one was caught on tape.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKqTzYDUYhE


36 posted on 01/01/2014 9:25:43 AM PST by BushCountry (Obama: The dentist told me I need a crown. I was like I KNOW, RIGHT?)
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To: Vigilanteman
Re the Orphans' Court . . . not really.

Managing the estates of orphans is one duty of what is sometimes called Orphans Court, sometimes Probate Court, sometimes Surrogates Court, sometimes Chancery Court. The names vary all over the place, more so than any other court to my knowledge.

The basic duty is to manage trusts, wills, and estates (including those of orphans). Around here, they also issue marriage licenses and pistol permits, and in smaller counties they do traffic tickets. Marriage licenses I can see (sort of a new estate) but I think they just do pistol permits and traffic tickets because of what we all know flows downhill.

37 posted on 01/01/2014 9:31:27 AM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ecce Crucem Domini, fugite partes adversae. Vicit Leo de Tribu Iuda, Radix David, Alleluia!)
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To: Rusty0604

It should be noted the most important thing was accomplished: All cops and jailers got home safely at the end of their shifts.


38 posted on 01/01/2014 9:33:42 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: UCANSEE2

It doesn’t matter what she was doing! Whatever it was shouldn’t have resulted in her being abused to the point of losing an arm.


39 posted on 01/01/2014 9:43:21 AM PST by pgkdan
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To: Rusty0604

Having been in her predicament in my misspent youth, I can tell you that handcuffs applied to tightly can cause nerve damage, cut off circulation, which if left on too long cause just the problem she experienced. Usually a bully with a badge thinks this is funny. The cop should be charged with whatever a good lawyer can dream up and sued along with his employer to the max. I forgot, the cop should join the ranks of the unemployed at the first possible moment. Just my 2 cents.


40 posted on 01/01/2014 9:54:23 AM PST by Foundahardheadedwoman (God don't have a statute of limitations)
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To: driftdiver

Never said that.


41 posted on 01/01/2014 9:55:45 AM PST by Nifster
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To: Rusty0604

all well and good but if bothered to read the treatment (even IF her being handcuffed caused said injury which has NOT been proven) AMPUTATION is NOT the corrective surgery.


42 posted on 01/01/2014 9:57:00 AM PST by Nifster
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To: Foundahardheadedwoman
I would like to offer these deputies an employment opportunity.

My local library is forming a SWAT to retrieve overdue books. They will be transported in a old Soviet APC, and be armed with Schmeisser Machinenpistolen, and they will have semi-starved Alsations on chain leashes. Uniform? Black Kevlar everything including helmets, jack boots with hobnails. Trick laser sights, stun grenades, RPGs ... in short everything needed to bring the holders of overdue public library materials to immediate justice.

If perchance, they laser, taser, RPG, or stun grenade the wrong house: TS. It will serve as an example to the rest of the community to shape TF UP ... and get those books back on time!

43 posted on 01/01/2014 10:06:22 AM PST by Kenny Bunk (OK, Obama be bad. Now where's OUR Program, Plan, and Leader?)
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To: Lx
"Speaking of state run liquor stores, are there still drive in liquor stores around these days?"

I saw a drive thru liquor store in Wortham, Texas last Saturday. Not state run, though.

44 posted on 01/01/2014 10:51:34 AM PST by Dalberg-Acton
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To: Nifster

Are you qualified as a surgeon or just a botlicker?

I find it incredible anyone can defend inhumane treatment of any citizen by our authorities.


45 posted on 01/01/2014 11:02:46 AM PST by hoosierham (Freedom isn't free)
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To: Rusty0604

Once this woman was arrested and thrown in jail the facility has an obligation to provide for the well being of the inmate. The ignored her medical condition and they should pay dearly for this woman losing her arm. IF she went in with the medical condition pre-existing the jail still has an obligation to get the medical treatment she required. IF the injuries sustained during her arrest caused the loss of her arm they failed to provide the medical care and must be made to pay for this.

Jail is ideally a punishment to “correct” a person’s anti-social behavior. It is not somewhere to just send people for needless suffering. If someone requires daily life saving medication should that person be condemned to death for a two week DUI sentence?


46 posted on 01/01/2014 11:34:25 AM PST by Organic Panic
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To: hoosierham

Jackboot lickin’ Copsuckers are like that ‘ham. Their steroid loaded up heroes can do ZERO wrong.


47 posted on 01/01/2014 11:59:24 AM PST by bobby.223 (Retired up in the snowy mountains of the American Redoubt and it's a GREAT life!)
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To: Kenny Bunk

Now, finally a man after my own heart. What about chronic parking meter violators? Shot on site to stop them from reproducing or the usual beat down accompanied by a few kicks in the ribs as reminders? Decisions, decisions, decisions, it’s a tough life but somebody has got to do it.


48 posted on 01/01/2014 1:21:08 PM PST by Foundahardheadedwoman (God don't have a statute of limitations)
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To: hoosierham

you are quick to jump to the conclusion that police treated this woman ‘inhumanely’. And what the heck is a botlicker????

Whether I am qualified as a surgeon is less important than am I qualified as a diagnostician and the answer is yes I am and I am very good at it.


49 posted on 01/01/2014 1:28:54 PM PST by Nifster
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To: Nifster
Are you an internist or perhaps a family practitioner?

(I'm assuming from your post that you're an MD)

50 posted on 01/01/2014 5:35:23 PM PST by Ken H (What happens on the internet, stays on the internet.)
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