Prison staff, by law, have a responsibility to ensure prisoners are given the medications they are prescribed by doctors. Any failure to do so can result in the jail or prison and its staff being held civilly liable for any damages their mistake may cause.
The Oklahoma Wrongful Death Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers explain the family of an inmate at a Lawton, Oklahoma, correctional facility have filed suit against the jail and its staff for the death of their loved one. Reports indicate the incident occurred a little more than a year ago.
According to an article from Oklahoma’s 9 News, the prisoner was prescribed medication to treat his high blood pressure; however, prison staff made a mistake when dispensing the medication to the victim, causing him to overdose. The 39-year-old man died on November 12 of last year as a result of the mistake.
Now, his family has filed suit against the company that runs the facility, the warden, and a prison guard who dispensed the medications, alleging their negligence was directly responsible for their loss. The family is seeking more than $10,000 in damages for their loss.
J. Colbert and his team of Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers recognize how devastating the loss of a loved one due to another person’s negligence can be and hope a decision in the case brings a sense of closure to the incident for the family of the victim.