According to a Kentucky.com report, the mother of a deceased inmate has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Fayette Circuit Court against the Lexington jail where her son was incarcerated. The 26-year-old passed away in June of 2011 at the Fayette County Detention Center, and the mother’s complaint alleges that jail officials failed to give her son timely medical treatment, including medicine that was prescribed to treat the young man’s congenital heart condition. Jail officials found the inmate with no pulse in the medical unit of the jail on June 25, and the man was later pronounced dead at the University of Kentucky’s Chandler Hospital. The wrongful death suit is filed against employees of the detention center, including the former director who retired two months after the tragic incident.
At the time of the victim’s booking on June 18, he was apparently in good health and in no physical distress from his heart condition; however, the mother’s complaint asserts her son’s physical health steadily deteriorated after the inmate was denied the medication for his heart condition (Sotalol). During the period of her son’s incarceration, the mother advised jail employees, including medical personnel, that her son needed his medication but claims they refused to obtain the medicine or allow her to bring it. In addition, jail records obtained under the Kentucky Open Records Act indicate that 19 hours before the man was found dead, jail officials denied his request to be taken to a medical unit for treatment.
The wrongful death lawsuit is asking for an undetermined amount of damages.
The sudden passing of a loved one is devastating for family and friends, but if the death may have been preventable, the heartbreaking news will be that much harder to accept. Family members should understand that they have legal rights in the event a loved one dies due to another party’s negligence. A skilled Kentucky wrongful death lawyer can help obtain compensation for a family’s losses and damages. Though no amount of money will help ease the pain of losing someone you love, compensation can help with the unexpected financial costs that may arise from losing the family member.