While one does indeed forfeit many of his or her rights upon incarceration, the right to receive adequate healthcare is not one of them. Medical staffs operating in detention centers in Providence and throughout the rest of the country are still charged with delivering care that meets the highest of medical standards. A failure to do so can endanger the lives of inmates and detainees. It also opens up the healthcare providers on the staff and the facility itself to accusations of medical negligence.
Such accusations are currently being leveled against the company operating in immigration detention center in California. Lawyers have brought a medical malpractice lawsuit against the company over the death of inmate in 2012. The lawsuit alleges that negligence on the part of the center’s medical staff led to the patient dying of multi-organ failure brought on by pneumonia. The company’s denial of the accusations wasn’t supported by a report issued by the Department of Homeland Security, which cited the medical staff’s failure to properly treat the patient is response to his symptoms and complaints, as well as a failure to transfer him to an off-site facility to treat his worsened conditions in a timely manner as having contributed to his death. Attorneys from both sides are scheduled to resume proceedings later this month.
The loss of personal freedom shouldn’t translate to a loss of reliable health care. Providers in any setting are still tasked with caring for their patients to the best of their abilities. Victims of substandard healthcare in any setting may wish to work with an attorney to bring their own medical malpractice lawsuit against their providers.
Source: Victorville Daily Press “Medical malpractice alleged in death of Mexican national” Shea john, Feb. 26, 2014