A Clark County Jail inmate who was housed on the facility for about three weeks earlier this 12 months is suing the jail and an related well being care supplier in federal courtroom for allegedly failing to supply him with gluten-free meals, which resulted in sickness and hospitalization.
Gaven Picciano was held on the jail from Jan. 30 to Feb. 20 and, regardless of having Celiac illness, didn’t have secure entry to meals suiting his ailment, in accordance with a information launch from the regulation workplace of Stein and Vargas.
The swimsuit was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court docket for the Western District of Washington. It alleges that the jail denied Picciano’s repeated requests for gluten-free meals. The listed defendants are the jail and NaphCare Inc.
“This discriminatory remedy and failure to supply an affordable dietary lodging resulted in sickness, lack of consciousness, hospitalization, the lack of roughly 10 p.c of physique weight, and short- and long-term injury and harm,” the grievance says.
Picciano notified jail officers of his medical situation, requested an applicable weight loss plan and signed off on the discharge of his medical information to show it, in accordance with the regulation agency. Jail officers are accused of refusing to supply the meals and instructing Picciano to commerce different inmates for bananas.
“Even after Mr. Picciano was lastly authorized for a gluten-free weight loss plan, he was however served meals containing gluten additional exacerbating his signs,” the regulation agency mentioned.
Picciano is demanding a jury trial and for the courtroom to award him compensatory and punitive damages.
Federal courtroom information present the county and NaphCare have been served courtroom summons. They’ve about three weeks to file a response to the allegations.
Picciano pleaded responsible and was sentenced in June to amended fees of tried illegal imprisonment, fourth-degree assault and malicious mischief, all home violence-related. He acquired a sentence amounting to the three weeks he’d already spent within the jail.