Western Section Reverses GTLA Defense Verdict for Jail's Failure to Treat Hypertension

JOHN PAYNE AS NEXT OF KIN ON BEHALF OF THE LEGAL MINOR HEIRS OF MARCUS K. PAYNE v. TIPTON COUNTY, TENNESSEE
Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys:

Danese K. Banks and Ursula Y. Holmes, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, John Payne, as next of kin on behalf of the legal minor heirs of Marcus K. Payne.

Brandon O. Gibson and Jon A. York, Jackson, Tennessee, for the appellee, Tipton County, Tennessee.

Judge: STAFFORD

This is a negligence case filed against Tipton County for injuries an inmate sustained as a result of a severe hypertensive crisis that occurred while he was confined in the Tipton County jail. The trial court denied the claim, finding that Tipton County did not breach the duty of care. Based on the evidence in the record, we reverse the decision of the trial court and remand this matter for consideration of damages. Reversed and remanded.

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