Denial of Medical Care Case Against CPD Moves Forward

On January 16, 2019, a federal judge ruled in favor for The Blake Horwitz Law Firm in a case brought on behalf of David Michon alleging denial of medical care while Mr. Michon was in custody against the City of Chicago and several police officers. In his ruling, the federal judge determined that Mr. Michon had sufficiently stated a claim that his arresting officers unreasonably denied him medical treatment.

As reported by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, the firm filed a federal lawsuit in 2016 after Mr. Michon was arrested following a physical altercation where he was badly injured: he suffered a torn ACL and MCL as well as several cuts on his face and head. All charges were eventually dropped. When officers arrived, they refused to call an ambulance despite Mr. Michon’s repeated requests. Instead, Mr. Michone was taken to the police station, where he continued to plead for officers to take him to a hospital. Rather than helping Mr. Michon, officers taunted and harassed him for several hours. One officer threw a paper towel at Mr. Michon and told him to wipe his blood from the floor. Another officer even told Mr. Michone that he would be “lost in the system” if he kept asking to go to a hospital.

Once he was released from custody, officers refused to drive Mr. Michon back to his vehicle. As a result, he had to hobble more than two miles with torn ligaments in his knee to get to his car so he could drive himself to the nearest hospital. Mr. Michon ultimately needed several knee surgeries and was never able to return to work as a union floor layer.

If you or someone you know share a similar story as Mr. Michon, contact The Blake Horwitz Law Firm at (312) 676-2100 or

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