Inmate suing prison

An inmate at the Okanagan Correctional Centre in Oliver is suing the prison for an injury he allegedly sustained while working at the facility.

In a small claims lawsuit seeking the maximum $35,000, Michael Bradley Telford says he was pushing a meal cart on Aug. 20 when he lost control of it, sending it over his foot.

He claims a sharp pain shot up the side of his body and his foot began to swell significantly. The claim says he was treated in medical with a tensor bandage and set of crutches, but the injury has persisted.

“My left knee now clicks because of it, and the top of my left foot is still numb from the injuries,” he wrote.

Telford has an extraordinarily lengthy criminal record dating back to 2000, mostly for property crime. He is currently awaiting trial for one count of theft under $5,000 for an incident that is alleged to have occurred in Lake Country in April.

Inmates have won civil cases against prisons for injuries they have sustained while working an assignment, but a Queen’s University paper indicates that most claims are settled out of court.

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