In Ohio, you might have heard about a number of prisoners suffering at
the hands of negligence recently. According to reports, at least one jail
in New York is now facing problems because the jail medical care is under
fire. Two federal lawsuits were filed in late 2013 suggesting that the
deaths of two inmates showed a pattern of inadequate care.
Medical malpractice is a serious allegation, but it should be brought to
the attention of those in charge at the very least. Doing so can prevent
further errors from taking place. Right now, the lawsuit claims that Correctional
Medical Care, Inc. has been negligent and had lapses of care. It also
provided improper treatment to inmates and inadequate care when needed.
As examples, the two lawsuits discuss the patients’ cases. The female
died from myocarditis, which is the inflammation of the heart muscle,
because she had allegedly been drinking and taking drugs. According to
the review board for the case, an inexperienced nurse with the company
had failed to follow the correct procedures for detoxification, leading
to the death.
In the second case, a 41-year-old man hung himself in his cell at Tioga
County Jail in 2011. He had not had an assessment completed when he was
admitted, according to the news, because the nurse failed to take the
assessment. The man had allegedly suffered from periods of paranoia, mood
swings, hopelessness, and helplessness. These are clearly signs of a mental
disorder or depression, but this went unnoticed by the CMC, Inc. clinicians.
The man had allegedly shown signs of acute depression, but he was never
referred to a psychiatrist for care. The lawsuits now ask for punitive
damages for claims of wrongful deaths and for CMC, Inc., appearing to
be deliberately indifferent to the serious medical needs of the inmates.
Since this seems to be a pattern, the company will need to be investigated.