Man sues after losing 5 toes while in jail

An inside look at a jail cell is seen in this undated file photo. (Rich Pedroncelli)

A man who lost five toes to diabetes while incarcerated at Arapahoe County jail has filed a lawsuit claiming the loss was due to lack of medical care.

The lawsuit filed in federal court alleges Correctional Healthcare Companies failed to properly provide medical treatment to James Neisler.

The Denver Post reports Saturday that Neisler suffered a broken blister on his right big toe from ill-fitting boots worn while he worked in the kitchen. He says medical staff ignored a serious injury for a diabetic and waited a month last summer before taking him to a hospital.

He was in jail awaiting resolution of misdemeanor domestic violence and drunken driving charges.

In a response to the lawsuit, CHC claims others outside their control, including Neisler, may have contributed to the injury.

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