An inmate has filed a $60,000 lawsuit against a Maine State Prison guard, claiming the guard startled him and caused him to injure his neck when he fell out of bed.

According to the suit filed in Knox County Superior Court, inmate Thomas Mitchell was sleeping in his cell one afternoon when guard Peter Brooks walked by and moved a chair that had been placed between the cell bars and Mitchell's bunk.The noise startled Mitchell, "which caused him to spin out of the bed very fast because he feared he was being assaulted," the suit said.

The fall from the bed resulted in a neck injury, Mitchell said, and it required him to see a prison doctor, who prescribed medication.The suit claims that Brooks acted in a negligent manner. Mitchell is seeking $60,000 from Brooks and $1 from the prison's warden.