Category: Prison Medical Malpractice

Washington State Pays $3.75M To Settle Lawsuit Claiming Inmate Died From Untreated Cancer

The Seattle Times has reported that Washington state has agreed to pay $3.75 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of a 63-year-old inmate who died at Monroe Correctional Complex after his cancer was untreated for…
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Sequel Youth & Family Services LLC Faces Another Lawsuit Alleging Abuse Of Alabama Teen Under Its Supervision

On January 26, 2022, a lawsuit was filed on behalf of Tevin Pike against Sequel TSI of Alabama, Sequel TSI of Tuskegee, and Sequel Youth & Family Services LLC (“Sequel”), alleging that Pike was a former 15-year-old resident at an…
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Federal Appellate Court Vacates $8M Deliberate Indifference Medical Malpractice Award To Inmate

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (“Federal Appellate Court”) vacated a jury award to a federal inmate in his deliberate indifference medical malpractice case in the amount of $1 million in compensatory damages and $7 million in…
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Five Examples Of Serious Medical Malpractice In Arizona Prisons

An ongoing lawsuit filed in the United States District Court District of Arizona cites many examples of serious and deadly medical malpractice events that have occurred in Arizona prisons. Lung Cancer A 69-year-old man died from metastatic lung cancer that…
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Experts Say Arizona Prison Healthcare “Seriously Deficient”

The opinions of experts in an ongoing lawsuit filed in the United States District Court District of Arizona are damning in describing the health care (or lack of health care) provided to inmates in Arizona prisons: “I have worked as…
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Vermont Supreme Court Affirms Dismissal Of Inmate’s Suicide Claim

The Vermont Supreme Court affirmed the dismissal of a Vermont lawsuit arising out of the suicide of an inmate in the custody of the Vermont Department of Corrections, holding: “It is undisputed that plaintiff failed to file a COM [certificate…
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Federal Appellate Court Rules Prisoner’s Federal Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Not Subject To State Certification Requirement

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (“Federal Appellate Court”), in its opinion dated July 24, 2021, stated: “The district court dismissed the FTCA claim because Pledger did not secure a certification from a medical expert before…
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Washington State Agrees To Pay $3.25M To Settle Prison Medical Malpractice Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Washington State has agreed to pay $3.25 million to the family of a 57-year-old prison inmate who died from an abdominal incisional wound following cancer surgery that the prison medical staff failed to properly treat and for which he was…
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Federal Appellate Court Rules Jail Doctor Is Entitled To Qualified Immunity But Jail Nurse Is Not

A 21-year-old jail inmate died while in the custody of a county jail. Her Estate brought a civil action for deprivation of civil rights under color of state law. 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The United States district court granted summary…
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Federal Appellate Court Reverses Summary Judgment For Defendants For Lack Of Adequate Medical Care In Jail

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (“Federal Appellate Court”) held in its opinion dated January 13, 2021: “Viewing the evidence in Plaintiff’s favor, a jury could conclude that Ronnie Sandoval would not have died but for…
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