Denied Medical Care in Jail: A Growing Epidemic

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A growing number of people are being denied medical care in jail. One attorney who represents these victims of negligence says that this is likely due to a demand on jails to save money wherever possible… even if it hurts people.

Galen Trine-McMahan is a personal injury attorney with Metier Law Firm in Denver, Colorado. In this video, he explains one case he handled where a person in jail was denied medication, resulting in a brain injury. He helped that person successfully seek justice against those who failed to provide care.

To learn more, contact Galen directly by calling 888-634-7366 or by submitting a contact form on this page. The consultation is free, and you only owe attorney fees if you receive a verdict or settlement in your favor.

What happened in the prisoner neglect case that you handled?

Attorney Galen Trine-McMahan received a visit from a woman whose husband was in the intensive care unit. He’d previously been detailed in jail, and she felt like there was something going on that no one told her about.

An investigation into the jail records revealed that what had been recorded in the medical records did not match what was actually happening. He had been suffering from severe neglect. The jail had withheld his prescription medication. This resulted in brain damage.

Is it common for prisoners to be denied medical care?

Attorney Trine-McMahan says that he has seen too many instances of medical neglect in jails. He sees it as a worsening problem as county jails turn to private medical companies in an effort to save on budgets. This effort to save money tends to worsen medical care.

How serious is the issue of prisoner neglect?

It is a serious problem. Trine-McMahan says that there is a disturbing pattern of prisoners and people in jail not getting the medical care that they need to survive. He says there is pressure coming from the top of the corporate level that leads to withholding of medication and withholding of emergency room transfers. This is extremely troubling for people who are jailed, imprisoned, or detained. Many of them have a mental illness or some type of critical health condition. Withholding care for them is dangerous to their health. Instead of rehabilitating citizens, jails are hurting them. These efforts to cut costs are ultimately creating far more costly problems.

Trine-McMahan says that he is currently working with multiple jails on putting together training videos to help jails deal with epileptic episodes. It’s not overly burdensome medical care to address these issues as they come up rather than delaying it, resulting in brain injury or kidney failure.

What about people who claim that people in jail don’t deserve luxury treatment?

People coming through the jail system are not necessarily bad people. They may be in a bad place, they may have made poor decisions, but everyone deserves to be treated fairly and with respect. Additionally, many people in jail are being detained and have not been convicted of anything. Many people find themselves in jail for various reasons. It makes sense to afford them basic care, respect, and dignity. No one is expecting a luxury resort, but some of the things that happen in our jails are worse than abuse suffered in Guantanamo Bay.

When does poor treatment of prisoners the line into negligence worthy of lawsuits?

There are three factors to consider when deciding to pursue a lawsuit for medical neglect in jail.

  1. Do you have a legal right to move forward?
  2. Do you have sufficient evidence on your side?
  3. Is it worth taking to trial?

In jail, you need to be afforded basic medical care. You cannot be treated with deliberate indifference. This means they can’t withhold your medication. They can’t simply standby and watch a medical condition grow worse.

From there, you can pursue a claim if damage resulted from this indifference, such as a brain injury. Did your life change substantially after this incident?

What would you suggest to someone dealing with this issue?

Reach out to lawyers right away. It’s a good idea to shop around, find a lawyer who is a good fit for you and understands your case. Also, act fast. The evidence that can make or break your case could be destroyed if you don’t move quickly to preserve it. This means you can contact a lawyer on a loved one’s behalf if they are incapacitated. Most attorneys offer free consultations, so it never hurts to explore your options.

To learn more, contact Galen Trine-McMahan directly by calling 888-634-7366 or by submitting a contact form on this page. The consultation is free, and you only owe attorney fees if you receive a verdict or settlement in your favor.

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