Although some of our Florida readers may not think that inmates should deserve medical treatment, they do have the basic human right to seek treatment for injuries or medical conditions they may face. Along the same lines, they have the right to receive medical care that meets strict standards and is free of negligence. One man – a former inmate – sued the state of Hawaii after medical malpractice led to the removal of his scrotum.
The man was in a correctional facility in 2003 when he developed a scrotum infection. The scrotum was swollen to the size of a grapefruit and very painful. In fact, the man was in so much pain that he wanted to kill himself. The man had seen a doctor at the correctional facility, but the doctor had given him not only the wrong antibiotic, but the wrong dosage as well.
The man was taken to a local hospital, but it was too late. Despite six surgeries, the scrotum had to be amputated. The man is now unable to have children.
The man sued the state for medical malpractice but was told that prison doctors were immune from lawsuits. The Court of Appeals disagreed, stating that inmates have the right to receive medical care free from negligence. The man, who has since been released from prison, now stands to receive a $983,000 award.
Everyone has the right to receive the best medical care possible – even inmates. Those who suffer injury or amputation due to malpractice have the right to file a lawsuit and recover compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Source: Hawaii News Now, “Former inmate wins appeal of medical malpractice lawsuit against state” Ben Gutierrez, Jan. 03, 2014