Man has fingers amputated after being forced into homelessness

Thomas Kallies Dec. 12, 2013, 6:55pm

Alden Harris filed suit in the Cook County Circuit Court on Dec. 6, naming Bobby E. Wright Comprehensive Behavioral Health Center Inc. as the defendant.

Harris was allegedly a patient of Bobby Wright, who was supposed to look after Harris and provide him with a secure residence, among other things and was compensated for his work by Harris' disability benefits.

Harris claims in December 2012, Wright assigned him to a facility at 1439 N. Lotus Ave. in Chicago. Harris allegedly stayed there until he was instructed that he needed to return his key and vacate the facility. Wright apparently did not help Harris after he left the facility and was rendered homeless. Harris slept in a Chicago park for six days before he was taken by ambulance to Mount Sinai Medical Center.

Harris claims during his time in the park he suffered frostbite and gangrene to both hands. As a result, Harris allegedly had multiple fingers amputated and required extensive hospitalization. Harris is suing Wright for failing to provide him with adequate living facilities which he says amounts to negligence.

Harris is seeking more than $50,000 and is represented by attorney Lee S. Schneider.

Circuit Court of Cook County Case No. 2013L013851.

This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note, a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it only represents one side of the story.

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