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Inmate files medical negligence claim against facility

When someone is sentenced to prison, they are required to serve their time, but they are also entitled to receive proper medical treatment. However, not all Colorado correctional facilities adhere to appropriate standards of care. An inmate filed a medical negligence suit against a facility after he suffered neurological damage and the case settled for $130,000.A 32-year-old inmate was experiencing a medical episode back in 2012 which included neck pain and loss of feeling throughout a portion of his body. When a nurse was alerted to his condition, she simply informed him that he was only experiencing muscle spasms and issued him an over-the-counter medication. Eventually, the inmate tumbled out of his bed and staff members did not respond to him until an hour later. When an on-call physician was contacted, the officers were ordered to simply put him back in his bed, but later on, he fell again.After his second fall, officers left him there until the following morning when he was taken to the hospital. Medical staff discovered that his body had internal bleeding which was causing pressure to his spinal cord. According to the lawsuit, the neurological damage the inmate suffered is permanent and if staff members would have acted faster, he may have not lost feeling.If an inmate is suffering from a medical episode, it may be vital for staff members to respond in an appropriate manner. Failure to intervene quickly could result in permanent medical issues and have long-term effects on someone's well-being. Colorado inmates who sustained serious injuries due to being denied medical treatment may have the right to file medical negligence claims against the staff members and/or prison facility to recover damages for their suffering.Source:, "Stillwater inmate who settled with state over claim of medical negligence now targeting doctor", , July 5, 2014 

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