A woman who was an inmate at a correctional facility died back in 2012. The woman's family filed a wrongful death lawsuit, stating that her death was due to negligence. Seven inmates passed away at the Kentucky correctional facility in just one year alone. The family is asking for judgment for punitive and compensatory damages.
An investigation was launched into the death of the deceased inmate. Reportedly, prosecutors criticized the correctional facility for inappropriate care but did not determine any criminal conduct. Jail officials claim that the inmate's death was due to natural causes. Medical professionals with Corizon recommended that the inmate not be booked into jail due to her health condition. However, the deputy director demanded that the woman be booked anyway.
Eventually, the woman was taken to the hospital in grave condition, and she was diagnosed as having congestive heart failure and liver failure. According to the lawsuit, the woman died due to negligence, and she should not have been booked into jail at that time. A forensic examiner determined that the correctional facility's decision to deny medical care had direct negative impact on her health and welfare.
In spite of someone being charged with a crime, it's the duty of correctional facilities and medical providers to ensure the person's welfare. Failure to do so can result in permanent injuries and an untimely death. As with this case, Kentucky family members who lost a loved one while at a jail facility may have the right to pursue wrongful death claims against the facility and/or separate staff on duty. The civil court system may award monetary damages to the surviving family.
Source: wdrb.com, Wrongful death lawsuit filed against Metro Corrections, former medical provider, Jason Riley, March 6, 2014