A federal wrongful death lawsuit has been filed in Maryland following the death of an inmate at a correctional center who was allegedly denied timely and proper medical care while she was suffering severe withdrawal symptoms from drugs, which led to her becoming unresponsive in her cell and later being declared dead at a local hospital.
The Maryland medical malpractice wrongful death lawsuit alleges that workers at the county correctional facility on the Eastern Shore of Maryland repeatedly ignored the severe withdrawal symptoms that the woman was experiencing and denied her access to appropriate medical care that could have saved her life.
The woman was incarcerated at the detention center beginning on October 8, 2013 and had six medical evaluations over the course of six days. A health screening during the intake process identified the woman as withdrawing from a severe drug problem that resulted in a detox protocol being established for the woman that included medications prescribed to deal with her withdrawal symptoms.
The Maryland federal wrongful death lawsuit claims that the woman missed multiple doses of the prescribed withdrawal medications. As a result of improper medical care at the detention center, the woman began vomiting, developed elevated blood pressure, and refused all meals over the course of several days, according to the federal complaint. Two other inmates allegedly advised the correctional staff regarding their concerns about the woman’s deteriorating condition and correctional staff visited the woman in her cell on many occasions, but nonetheless they allegedly failed to provide her with proper medical care.
On the morning of October 13, 2013, a certified nursing assistant (CNA) allegedly delivered medications to the woman in her cell but reported that the inmate did not appear to be able to see him and appeared to be in an altered mental state. Nonetheless, the CNA allegedly failed to request medical attention for the woman and failed to have her transferred to the correctional facility’s medical unit or to a hospital. That night, the woman was found unresponsive in her cell and was transported to a local hospital, where she was declared dead.
The Maryland wrongful death lawsuit alleges that the defendants were aware of the prisoner’s deteriorating medical condition that posed a serious risk to her life but failed to provide reasonable medical care and/or transport the woman to the hospital, which was in violation of protocols and was a denial of access to the medical care that was necessary to preserve her life.
The defendants are several of the detention center employees who were responsible for the prisoner’s medical well-being while she was incarcerated as well as the private company that was contracted to provide medical services at the correctional facility. The Maryland wrongful death lawsuit was filed by the woman’s parents and her children and seeks unspecified damages for the medical negligence during the woman’s six-day incarceration at the correctional facility.
If you or a loved one were injured due to medical neglect or the lack of appropriate medical care while incarcerated in a prison, jail, or other correctional facility in Maryland or in another U.S. state, you should promptly seek the legal advice of a local medical malpractice lawyer in your state who handles prisoner/inmate medical malpractice claims and may investigate your claim and represent you, if appropriate.
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