Former inmate sues Yellowstone County over cancer

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A former Yellowstone County jail inmate is suing the county alleging his throat cancer went diagnosed for nearly a year despite his numerous complaints about pain and a lump in his throat.

The Billings Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/W7r42L ) 50-year-old Fred Everett Miller was diagnosed in September 2010 after he had been transferred to a jail in Missoula.

Attorney Alex Rate of Livingston said Miller is unable to eat solid food and has a permanent feeding tube.

Miller was arrested on a theft charge in September 2009. The lawsuit said he complained at least 17 times over the next 11 months about a lump in his throat, severe pain and bleeding without being diagnosed or treated.

County officials declined comment.

Rate says an amended complaint was filed in December 2013. A trial date is set for October 2015.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com

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