Earlier this month two Georgia lawsuits were filed on behalf of a Georgia prison inmate by his mother, alleging that prison correctional staff and prison medical staff were negligent and that their negligence left her son in a near-comatose state after his failed suicide attempt while locked in his prison cell.
The two Georgia prison medical malpractice lawsuits allege that after the prisoner was found hanging in his cell and brought to the prison infirmary, a prison medical doctor injected him with epinephrine despite his respiratory and cardiac rates being near normal, which caused the man to suffer cardiac arrest that led to his severe, permanent anoxic brain injury and to be in a minimally conscious state. The man is presently in a nursing home where he is curled up in a fetal position and is unresponsive but can follow people move around his room with his eyes.
The inmate was allegedly allowed to hang in his cell between four and ten minutes, according to his cellmate who did not attempt to cut the bed sheet from which the inmate was hanging because he feared that he would be accused of attempting to hang the young man, while the prison staff gathered two correctional officers to enter the cell (the prison reportedly has a policy that two staff are required before entering a cell in the segregation unit) and the prison staff sought a camera in order to document the event. Then, according to reports, the two guards who entered the cell were standing around putting on rubber gloves before a third guard ran into the cell and yelled at them to get the inmate down.
According to the mother’s Georgia prison malpractice lawsuits, her son had a history of mental illness and prior suicide attempts before he was sentenced to prison for armed robbery when he was 17 years old. The mother contacted prison mental health counselors after her son started to refuse to see her when she came to the prison for visitation. Two prison mental health counselors spoke with her son and determined him to be delusional and in need of an emergency psychiatric evaluation, which was scheduled for five days later. Despite the mental health evaluation done in the prison, the man was brought back to his cell. He attempted to commit suicide by hanging himself in his cell less than 24 hours after the prison counselors had spoken with him.
After the inmate was taken down from the loosely tied bedsheets that he had used to attempt to commit suicide, the correctional officers attempted CPR and used a portable defibrillator before loading him onto a gurney and bringing him to the prison infirmary, where the unnecessary injection of epinephrine caused the allegedly permanent injuries, according to the mother’s lawsuits.
The Georgia prison malpractice lawsuits allege that prison medical malpractice occurred and that the inmate’s constitutional rights were violated under U.S. Code Section 1983.
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