A Rock County Jail inmate has filed a claim with the county, alleging improper and insufficient medical care, which he says affected his criminal case.
Wade A. Hallett, 53, filed the claim last month. He is asking for $166,000 to cover medical bills and ongoing costs from back injuries at the jail and what he calls being forced by jail staff to take a heart medication.
Richard Greenlee, the county’s corporation counsel, has recommended the county board deny the claim. The board is scheduled to take it up at its meeting Thursday.
Hallett was accused a year ago of sexually assaulting a teen girl he knows, possession of child pornography and violating a domestic abuse injunction.
Hallett claims he slipped and fell in a hallway at the jail Feb. 11, 2017, after someone mopped the floor. He said he injured his back, which causes him pain to this day, and he has been denied a new mattress and medical treatment, except for Tylenol.
Hallett claims jail staff began giving him a heart medicine last April, and he was told if he didn’t take it, he would be placed in solitary confinement.
The medication made him feel weak and nauseous. He complained, and medical staff reduced the dose by half in July, he wrote in his notice of claim. The symptoms continued, but staff forced him to continue taking it, he says.
Hallett says he slipped in his cell Oct. 2, after the toilet in his cell overflowed, aggravating his back pain. He also says he fell off an improperly installed chair on Oct. 5, making his back pain worse.
The symptoms from the medicine impaired his judgment “when I decided to and did plead no contest to the unfounded criminal charges against me,” he wrote.
Hallett pleaded no contest Oct. 24 to one of four sexual assault counts. The other three counts were dismissed, as were two child pornography charges and the injunction violation.
Then on Oct. 28, he collapsed in a “cardiac incident,” Hallett wrote, and he was taken to Mercyhealth Hospital and Trauma Center in Janesville even though he asked not to be taken there, he wrote.
The doctor who treated him at the hospital told him the heart medication had caused the heart incident and told jail staff to stop giving him the medicine, he wrote.
The heart incident happened the week he was preparing for a criminal trial, in which he was representing himself, according to his notice of claim. It’s not clear what trial he was referring to, as he had already been found guilty.
The former town of Fulton man fired two attorneys before deciding to defend himself. He asked for a public defender in November to help him with his sentencing, which is set for March 15.