Boil or bite, fed panel dismisses $50M inmate suit

SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) — It doesn’t matter whether a former western Pennsylvania county jail inmate had a boil or a spider bite, his injuries — and allegations that he wasn’t given proper medical treatment — aren’t worth $50 million.

The (Somerset) Daily American ( ) says a 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel has refused to reverse a federal judge’s decision to dismiss Ronald Sever’s lawsuit against the Somerset County Jail.

The 50-year-old claimed he suffered fever and terrible pain from a spider bite while an inmate in April 2010, before he was transferred to a Virginia lockup on charges in that state.

U.S. Magistrate Keith Pesto recommended the case be thrown out last year, noting Sever was properly treated for a boil while in jail — but that even if it was a spider bite, it resolved quickly with minimal care.

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