County not required to pay because injured person was in temporary (investigative) custody and not committed to or held in jail at time of his injuries. Those injuries were self-inflicted by jumping from a fourth floor window but that was not a factor in the decision. This case has some unique circumstances but seems to have some good precedence for us.
You might want to also keep in mind a decision from the Kansas Court of Appeals in KU Med v Wyandotte County and KHP decided on 9/13/2013. In that case they ruled the agency arresting a person, not the county jail, is responsible for the medical bills incurred before the person is received by the jail. A major difference in that case compared to KU Med v Wabaunsee County is that the injured party was actually arrested for a crime (from a vehicle pursuit and crash). This case overturned a prior Kansas Supreme Court decision in Wesley Medical Center v Wichita, a 1985 case occurring before the legislature enacted KSA 22-4612.
NOTE: On June 22, 2015, The KS Supreme Court upheld the decision of the Appellate Court in KU Med vs Wyandotte County vs. KHP. See the Ks Supreme Court Ruling on that case here.
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