Category: Prison Medical Malpractice

For-Profit Prison Medical Care Questioned

The past and present problems of a for-profit prison health care provider should serve as a warning regarding states and local governments ceding their responsibilities to provide proper, adequate, and timely medical care and health care services to inmates and prisoners in their custody. Corizon Health Inc….
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California County Jail Subjected To Another Medical Malpractice/Wrongful Death Lawsuit

The Sutter County Jail in Yuba City, California was named in another medical malpractice/wrongful death lawsuit involving a prisoner, which was filed on December 24, 2014. The wrongful death lawsuit was filed on behalf of the parents and children of a 33-year-old prisoner who…
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Indiana Appellate Court Holds Prison Doctors To Same Standards As Outside Doctors

In its decision filed on November 10, 2014, the Court of Appeals of Indiana (“Appeals Court”) held that the standard of care for doctors practicing in prisons is the same as the standard of care for doctors practicing outside of prisons, while acknowledging…
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Three Alabama Prisoner Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Filed For Three Inmate Deaths In 2013

An Alabama civil rights attorney recently filed three Alabama prisoner medical malpractice lawsuits on behalf of the families of three inmates who died as a result of three different incidents of alleged medical neglect in 2013. All three of the prisoners were being detained…
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Two Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Filed Against A Jail On The Same Day

On October 13, 2014, two medical malpractice lawsuits were filed in federal court in Oregon on behalf of one inmate who died the day before he was to be released, allegedly due to medical malpractice that occurred in the jail,…
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Arizona Agrees To Settle Prison Health Care Class-Action Lawsuit

The State of Arizona agreed to settle a pending class-action lawsuit filed against the Arizona Department of Corrections (“ADC”), pursuant to a stipulation of settlement filed on October 14, 2014 in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona, involving prisoners in the…
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Minnesota Inmate Died Due To Medical Negligence

A Minnesota inmate approaching the end of his four-month incarceration due to his parole violation died as a result of medical negligence, according to a federal medical malpractice lawsuit filed by his family on January 3, 2014. The inmate had sought medical care…
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Hawaii Inmate Medical Malpractice Verdict Upheld

On December 31, 2013, the Intermediate Court of Appeals for the State of Hawaii (“Appellate Court”) issued its opinion in which it held that prison doctors are not shielded from personal liability for medical malpractice claims by the doctrine of…
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Georgia Appeals Court Holds Atlanta Not Immune From Inmate Medical Malpractice Claim

The Court of Appeals of Georgia, Georgia’s intermediate appellate court, affirmed the trial court’s refusal to dismiss a medical malpractice lawsuit filed by an inmate who alleged that he suffered severe and permanent injuries as a result of the Atlanta jail system’s failure…
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Russian Medical Malpractice Claim Denied For Jailed Activist’s Death

It is not very often that a medical malpractice claim in one country has led to international repercussions in which sovereign countries have enacted laws directed at officials of other countries in a spiraling escalation of retaliatory responses. But that is apparently what is happening this…
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