MAHONING COUNTY -- According to Mahoning County Common Pleas Court records, convicted former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora has sued the state Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections and Corrections Corporation of America, the private company that runs the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center in Youngstown.
Dimora, 58, of Independence, was housed there after a jury convicted him on 31 counts and U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi sentenced him to 28 years in prison.
Dimora alleges that, on May 4, 2012, he slipped and fell in a puddle of water on the floor in the center. Dimora alleges that the water came from a leaky roof that was not fixed.
In two separate filings, Dimora is asking for $50,000 and $25,000. In this action, he is represented by Dayton-based attorney Dennis A. Lieberman.
On Wednesday, CCA's Jonathan Burns, senior manager of public affairs, responded:
"This complaint is currently under review by our legal team. While we can't speak to its specifics, CCA takes the safety of our facilities and the inmates entrusted to our care very seriously."
Dimora appealed his sentence and conviction but that appeal was denied on April 30 by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
On March 14, Dimora was moved from the Gilmer federal prison in Glenville,West Virginia to the medium security federal correctional institution in Victorville, California. A U.S. Bureau of Prisons spokesman declined to cite the reason for the move.
After the fall on May 4, 2012, Dimora was hospitalized for three days with a concussion and other injuries. From that point on, Dimora used a walker when he entered the courtroom and also used a wheelchair outside the courtroom.
According to his then-attorneys Andrea and William Whittaker, Dimora lost consciousness when he fell. At St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Youngstown, Dimora underwent several tests that revealed additional health concerns that require further medical care, his attorneys said.
The testing revealed that Dimora has an aneurysm and a dark mass behind his tonsils, according to an affidavit by his own physician, Dr. Marwan Hilal.
At the time, Dimora was advised by the doctors he saw at St. Elizabeth's and the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center that he will need to see a specialist regarding the mass and that he should undergo a catheterization on the aneurysm.
Hilal feels that an ultrasound examination of the aneurysm is necessary and this further treatment may be extensive depending on the results.
Hilal says care for the mass is required immediately in the event that the mass is cancerous. As a consequence of the fall, Dimora's previous conditions have been aggravated. He has been prescribed a walker and may be moved to a wheelchair if his condition does not improve.