Montee Law Firm, P.C. is currently petitioning for damages in the Circuit
Court of Buchanan County, Missouri on behalf of their client, who sustained
a serious head injury under the care of a medical provider. This civil
action will be brought against Advanced Correctional Healthcare (ACH),
a company responsible for providing medical services to the Buchanan County
Jail, for supervisory negligence and medical malpractice.
The suit alleges that ACH’s policies, lack of policies, poor training,
and poor personnel management decisions resulted in a violation of the
plaintiff’s constitutional rights, which involved a deliberate indifference
to the plaintiff’s serious medical condition. The plaintiff suffered
from a fractured skull that went untreated by medical staff, who knew
of the condition, for several days, resulting in right side paralysis
and requiring a plate to be placed in his skull.
ACH provides healthcare to more than 245 correctional facilities in 17
states, and over 30,000 patients. However, ACH is not a licensed medical
or health care provider in Missouri although they were contracted to work
at the Buchanan County Jail.
The Nature of the Action
According to the petition, the plaintiff, a 25-year-old male, previously
suffered from a traumatic brain injury that caused him to suffer from
seizures, muscle spasms, severe anxiety attacks and depression. The plaintiff
required several prescription medications to treat these conditions, but
upon being admitted to the jail, he was denied medical treatment and was
not allowed to take three of his seven medications.
Two days later, the plaintiff was taken to the medical unit for a possible
seizure, but doctors did not examine him or provide any medical treatment.
He was placed into solitary confinement, where he suffered a seizure or
panic attack resulting in a severe blow to the head. After attempting
to inform jail personnel that he had hurt his head, his requests for help
were ignored, and he was left in his cell on suicide watch for several
days without any medical evaluation of care.
Only after the plaintiff called his father to tell him of his injury did
medical personnel finally examine him. They discovered that a skull fracture
and intracranial contusion caused the plaintiff to develop right sided
weakness to the point that his right arm was partially paralyzed and his
right hand was balled into a fist. This also caused the plaintiff to lose
his ability to walk properly, causing him to drag his right foot. It took
a full week for medical staff determine that his injuries required surgery.
He was released to an outside medical facility on Bond so that the defendant
could avoid paying for the cost of his care. He is currently undergoing
physical, speech, and occupational therapy.
The suit seeks recompense for the plaintiff’s pain and suffering,
emotional distress, and past and future medical bills.
Are You a Victim of Police Brutality or Negligence?
If you or someone you love suffered an avoidable injury in police custody,
you can seek financial compensation for your damages. For additional information
about your legal rights and options, get in touch with a Kansas City personal
injury attorney from Montee Law Firm, P.C. Your first consultation is
free, so call now.