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.