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Woman claims inmate death due to negligence of medical staff

Every Pittsburgh resident deserves accurate and thorough medical care, regardless of circumstances. A woman has filed a lawsuit against Wexford Health Services and several of its staff members claiming that a prisoner at the State Correctional Institution in Camp Hill received inadequate medical care and failed to diagnose and treat the inmate's cancer.

The administrator of the prisoner's estate claims that the man, prior to his incarceration, was diagnosed with throat cancer. He was scheduled to have a biopsy before entering prison in 2013. The man never received treatment while incarcerated despite having symptoms of throat cancer. He was ultimately admitted to the University of Pittsburgh Medical System in March 2014 and died in July. The man's administrator believes that if he would have received treatment for throat cancer while in prison he would not have suffered from a worsened condition and an untimely death.

Cancer is an illness that may be survivable if caught early and treatment is started. If there is a delay in diagnosis or if treatment is delayed often times a patient can suffer from a worsened condition or even death. If a family believes that their loved one suffered because of a worsened condition due to a delayed diagnosis they may want to speak with a legal professional skilled in medical malpractice. An attorney can assist in reviewing medical records and consult with medical experts to determine what happened. Families deserve answers, and if negligence is discovered, compensation may be available for medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages.

Medical providers need to provide care to their patients that is thorough and accurate. When they fail to follow an acceptable level of care, they should be held responsible.

Source: pennrecord.com, "Woman's suit alleges deadly lack of care for inmate," Annie Hunt, April 21, 2016

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