Torts Keyed to Henderson
City of Louisville v. Humphrey
After being arrested and taken in to custody by the city of Louisville for being heavily intoxicated and shaking people’s doors, Humphrey (Plaintiff) while being transferred to the third floor collapsed in the elevator and was dragged into the drunk tank where he was left lying on the floor. After two unsuccessful attempts to wake up Humphrey hours apart, Humphrey was taken to a local hospital where he was diagnosed with a subdural hematoma from injuries to his left eye and forehead. Humphrey was admitted into surgery where he later died from complications. His wife brought suit against the city of Louisville under a theory of res ipsa loquitur because she failed to submit direct evidence of negligence. At trial the jury ruled in favor of Humphrey but the City of Louisville appealed.
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