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Friday, December 11, 2009

Ex-inmate in Butler County receives $55,000 for medical claim

Denied Medical Treatment
By Jessica Turnbull, VALLEY NEWS DISPATCH

A former Butler County Prison inmate received $55,000 to settle a lawsuit against the county for his claim he was denied medical treatment until he was rushed to the hospital for heart surgery following a stroke.

The county commissioners voted Wednesday to pay $25,000 toward the settlement with James P. Raub, of Butler, who had been a jail inmate in April 2006. Southern Health Partners will pay another $25,000 and county prison doctor, Dr. Simmon Wilcox, will pay $5,000.

Raub accused the jail of a misdiagnosis, believing he needed "detoxing" from an addiction to drugs or alcohol instead of taking him to the hospital for an illness.

Raub filed a federal lawsuit in Pittsburgh against, among others, Butler County, the county jail, Wilcox, and Southern Health Partners, which provides medical treatment at the jail.

According to the lawsuit, Raub was arrested April 11, 2006, on a bench warrant for failing to appear at a summary trial on charges of driving with a suspended license.

From April 12 to April 19, Raub and his mother, who visited, claimed to ask each day for Raub to be taken to a hospital because he felt ill, including complaints of lower back and internal pain, cold sweats and chills. More...

5 comments :

Anonymous said...

Maybe they should get a new doctor now or else invest in some equipment to test the inmates heartrate. This will be a lesson learned. You know some of these folks are held there till their trial. The health issues should be properly addressed. Even if these people have done wrong they are still suppose to be treated humane.

Anonymous said...

I agree 12:07.

I witnessed someone almost bleed to death (internally) in jail after repeatedly asking for days to see a doctor.

They told him wait til next week when he comes around.

At 3am they found him almost dead in his cell...they finally took him to the hospital where the doctor said he would have bleed to death internally from ulcers, if they had waited an hour or two more.

Anonymous said...

This happens all the time, the only difference in this case is that this guy followed through with his threats to sue.

Most inmates never do.

Anonymous said...

Well this is a tough situation. I'm not saying that this nor any other inmate should have appropriate medical treatment. HOWEVER there are a large majority of them that will cry wolf just to get out of a jail for awhile. It is not uncommon and our tax payers dollars pay for every trip to the hospital.

That being said, I do think that a qualified DR should be on hand to determine what is serious and what is not and if there are questions send them to the ER, but not at every whimper or cry!!!

just for the record, most of them get better medical care than we that are free and they don't have to pay for it. I have a hard time dealing with the fact, that I don't have insurance and have to pay for everything our of pocket or not go to the dr if I don't have the money. I do not have access to insurance at this time, and the people sitting in jail get it all handed to them!!!

Anonymous said...

12:06:00 AM
You are right!