Lack of Medical Care and Medical Malpractice in Detention Facilities
Arrestees in jail and inmates in prison must be provided adequate medical care; failure to do so can mean the doctor or other healthcare provider could be found negligent. If you receive negligent healthcare in a detention or correctional facility, you may be entitled to file an ordinary medical malpractice claim against the healthcare provider. Our experienced legal team at Harman Law Firm offers legal assistance for lack of medical care and medical malpractice in detention facilities at our firm near Atlanta, GA.
In some civil rights cases, lack of adequate medical care for inmates can be a violation of Eighth Amendment rights. The Eighth Amendment protects inmates from cruel and unusual punishment, which can include a lack of medical care or negligent medical care. “Deliberate indifference,” where serious health concerns are ignored by a medical professional that is contracted to provide medical care to inmates, can be a violation of Eighth Amendment rights. This can also fall under regular medical malpractice for a lack of diagnosis or treatment for a serious medical condition.
Negligent Medical Care for Inmates
Inmates in jail, prison or detention centers are dependent on the facilities to provide their medical care. When serious medical conditions are overlooked or left untreated, this can be both a violation of Eighth Amendment rights by correctional facilities and medical malpractice on behalf of the physician. These cases are complex, but if an inmate’s civil rights have been violated, they have the right to pursue justice under the law.
If you have been a victim of a lack of medical care or medical malpractice in detention facilities, contact our legal team at Harman Law Firm to schedule a free consultation for more information on medical malpractice claims for those who were in custody. Our civil rights lawyers will listen to your claim and discuss your legal options.