Correctional health care cases involve death, personal injury or discrimination that occur to people while incarcerated. These cases may include:
- Death while in custody
- Permanent injuries from lack of access to care
- Inadequate care or accommodations for those with physical or mental disabilities
As a civil rights law firm, a large portion of our practice covers medical malpractice and negligence that occurs in correctional facilities. If you or someone close to you has died or been catastrophically injured in custody, you need to hire the services of our firm. Our constitution does not permit the government to punish people by denying them access to basic medical and mental health care.
Correctional health care cases are complex. Most general personal injury attorneys should not handle these sorts of cases. Our firm has expertise in the complex interplay between correctional and medical staff. These cases frequently arise due to systematic problems in the correctional system. We have the expertise to navigate through the unique challenges of these cases. You will work with a lawyer who understands and teaches other lawyers and law enforcement personnel the technical subject matter and cutting-edge legal issues surrounding correctional facilities. We pride ourselves on having the ability to represent those who have been unfairly treated while in the corrections system.
Requirements to Provide Care
Our constitution requires correctional facilities to provide adequate health care to inmates. It is the government’s responsibility to avoid being “deliberately indifferent” to an inmate’s serious medical needs. Denying care or medication to an incarcerated individual amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.
When inmates receive inadequate medical care, it is not just a problem for the individual. The repercussions extend far beyond the prison walls. The problems in correctional medical care are best thought of as problems in public health. Once inmates are returned to free society, a failure to treat their medical or psychiatric conditions becomes a problem for the community that they return to.
Not only does this cause human suffering, but it becomes an expense to society as a whole. There is no reason for anyone to be denied necessary care, or be forced to deal with a return to society unprepared.
We strive to hold the government accountable to ensure that it meets its constitutional obligation to provide adequate medical care in correctional settings. Don’t allow an institution to get away with abusing an individual.
If you, a family member, or client have a case involving inadequate medical care in a correctional setting, contact us at 480.948.1212.