Alabama Jail Medical Negligence Lawyer
Serious injury and even death occur in jail, often as the result of a lack of adequate medical treatment by jail staff or private doctors and nurses who have contracted with the jail to provide medical services to prisoners. It can be especially difficult for prisoners to prove they have been denied or withheld medical treatment, and it can be even more challenging for family members to uncover the truth about what happened to their loved one who went into jail but never came out. Birmingham police misconduct and prison abuse attorney Alan Lasseter has particular expertise in Alabama jail medical negligence cases. If you or a loved one suffered an illness or injury while in custody in Alabama but was not given the proper medical care, call the Lasseter Law Firm in Birmingham to speak with an experienced jail medical negligence lawyer. Our firm can assist you in any of the situations described below, among others.
Injured During Arrest
When force was used during an arrest, especially excessive force or police brutality, the arrestee is likely to suffer some form of injury from the abuse. A detainee in this situation may need medical treatment, but prisoner requests for medical attention are sometimes ignored. A person who was injured during an arrest may be refused treatment and may not even be examined at all. Even when medical attention is eventually provided, an unreasonable delay in providing treatment can cause additional injury that could have otherwise been avoided.
Opioid addiction, both from prescription drugs and illegal drugs, has become an epidemic in our country. Opioids have been overprescribed to the point where prescriptions have quadrupled in just the last several years. Patients and prescribers alike may share in the blame, but in many cases an addiction was inadvertent on the part of the patient. Now in jail and cut off from access to pain medications, an opioid addict may soon present symptoms of acute opioid withdrawal. These symptoms can include agitation, anxiety, dysphoria (a profound state of uneasiness), insomnia, temperature instability and more. A qualified medical professional could accurately diagnose and treat acute opioid withdrawal, but without treatment more severe illnesses and injury could result.
A person with a heart condition is denied his or her medications and is left to sit in a cramped, tiny cell. The individual has a heart attack while in custody. Even if the victim survives, he or she is left with a permanent physical deficit from the maltreatment and jail medical negligence. Heart disease is historically the second leading cause of death in local jails, accounting for nearly a quarter of jailhouse deaths.
Hold Alabama Jails Accountable for Providing Adequate Medical Care to Inmates
Through civil lawsuits like section 1983 claims for money damages, you can obtain compensation for the harm done to you and force institutions to change the way they treat those who have been placed in their custody and care. In Alabama, call the Lasseter Law Firm at 205-458-1212 for a free consultation with an experienced and successful Birmingham jail medical negligence lawyer.