Baltimore Medical Malpractice Lawyers: Medical Negligence Lawsuit After Inmate Dies

Primecare Medical, a correctional healthcare company in West Virginia that provides medical, dental, and psychiatric care to inmates, is being sued for allegedly causing the death of an inmate at Eastern Regional Jail in Martinsburg, West Virginia. A representative of the man’s estate filed the medical negligence lawsuit in the Kanawha Circuit Court in February 2016, seeking compensation for damages and a trial by jury.

According to the lawsuit, upon the inmate’s arrival to the correctional facility, he informed the staff during the medical screening that he suffered from diabetes mellitus Type 2 and was taking a prescription called Novolog after being incarcerated on November 19, 2014. Even though the inmate’s status as an insulin-dependent diabetic was documented in his file, the staff did not schedule the inmate for an appointment with the chronic care nurse until November 28th, resulting in random and inconsistent doses outside what is deemed medically normal for approximately nine days. In addition, the lawsuit asserts that just days after his arrival, the inmate was found unconscious in the medical area after being left unattended for eight hours.

The lawsuit alleges that the man was taken to the Ruby Memorial Hospital intensive care unit, where he stayed for a month in intensive care. He was then relocated to NMS Hagerstown, followed by Meritus Medical Center, where he eventually died on January 25, 2015. The case has not yet seen trial but has been assigned the Circuit Judge Louis H. Bloom.

Possible History of Medical Negligence

This is not the first time Prime Care Medical Inc. has been accused of medical malpractice. In December, 2014, another inmate alleged he was victim to cruel and unusual punishment. In his statement, Ratliff claimed on June 11, 2013, he went to receive medication for his Diabetes when a nurse employed by the company stuck herself with the syringe and cut herself, then used the same syringe to draw insulin in order to inject him. Ratliff alleged the syringe had the nurse’s blood on it. Upon inquiring if it was the same needle the nurse had just stuck herself with, she reportedly claimed not to have any diseases. The plaintiff later became ill, including vomiting, nausea, chills, sweats, and other related symptoms.

The allegations were supported by a correctional officer who witnessed the behavior, and the nurse was fired. The plaintiff says when he became ill, Prime Care told its nurse not to treat him, causing him further injuries. The inmate in this case claims the defendants were negligent and did not give proper care, in addition to not properly screening the nurse for adequate training and competency.

Baltimore Medical Malpractice Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Seek Justice for Victims of Medical Negligence

If you or a family member has been the victim of medical negligence resulting in a serious injury or death, contact the Baltimore medical malpractice lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. We are committed to helping you and your family secure the financial compensation you deserve. Protecting your rights is our top priority. For a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.

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