Prisons are intended to deprive inmates of their liberty, not proper medical care. When poor medical care results in serious injury or death prisoners are permitted to seek compensation in civil actions. Two cases of medical malpractice from South Carolina are highlighted in this press release:
A Clarendon County, South Carolina jury on Tuesday evening returned a verdict of $825,000 dollars in actual damages against the South Carolina Department of Corrections.
[The lawsuit was a] negligence claim regarding the lack of appropriate and timely medical care while battling a life threatening infection during incarceration at the Turbeville Correctional Center, Turbeville, South Carolina.
This verdict follows a recent Sumter County, South Carolina case whose verdict awarded $28.5 million to the family of Rev. Ronel Huggins, who died in prison resulting from diabetic shock and medical neglect from the prison’s healthcare provider.