A 62-year-old Oregon inmate recently filed a federal medical malpractice lawsuit against the State of Oregon and Oregon Department of Corrections physicians alleging that their medical negligence and failure to provide timely and appropriate medical care led to a loss of kidney due to a severe infection as a result of a large kidney stone, which amounted to deliberate indifference to her medical needs.
The inmate was originally incarcerated in a county jail where she started to experience abdominal pain that was diagnosed as being caused by a large kidney stone in her left kidney. On December 17, 2013, the inmate was transported from the county jail to a state correctional facility. At the state correctional facility, she complained of blood in her urine and severe pain in her abdomen along with having a fever.
By October 2014, the inmate alleges that her severe pain made it difficult for her to walk. A correctional officer requested that the inmate be seen by a nurse at the correctional facility but it was not until one month later that doctors examining the inmate determined that she had a severe infection in her left kidney.
The inmate was finally sent to an outside medical center where the treating physician determined that the kidney stone was blocking her kidney function and that an abscess had formed. As a result of her serious medical condition when she arrived at the hospital, she required emergency surgery to remove her infected left kidney, which was performed on December 23, 2014.
The inmate’s Oregon medical malpractice lawsuit alleges, in part, “Defendants made no record of tracking her kidneys’ condition, made no effort to treat the underlying medical issue of a kidney stone and ignored plaintiff’s requests for further treatment, often made in writing.”
The inmate’s federal medical malpractice lawsuit alleges that the physicians at the correctional facility failed to perform an adequate examination of the inmate, failed to accurately document her medical file regarding her symptoms and complaints, failed to provide timely and appropriate follow up care for her kidney stone, and failed to timely refer her to a urologist. The inmate’s deliberate indifference lawsuit further alleges that the correctional facility’s medical staff were not properly trained in recognizing and reporting serious medical conditions.
The Oregon inmate alleges that had she been provided the level of medical care that would be available to her outside of prison, then she would not have lost her kidney.
The inmate remains incarcerated due to her convictions for assault and unlawful use of a weapon dating back to 2013.
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