A medical organization that provides healthcare to hundreds of jails and prisons across the United States is under investigation after nurses failed to provide proper medical treatment to a Florida inmate before she gave birth to a baby boy. Kimberly Grey, who was 6 1/2 months pregnant at the time, allegedly pleaded for treatment for hours on March 5, 2004 upon experiencing severe back pain and other symptoms that indicated she was in labor. Nurses supplied by Prison Health Services (PHS), however, did not call 911 until after she gave birth prematurely. The baby died before arriving at a local hospital.
Homicide detectives are investigating the baby's death to determine if nurses made mistakes. Grey claims she complained of symptoms for 12 hours prior to giving birth at the Tampa jail. She was also reportedly leaking amniotic fluid hours before a nurse finally administered a pelvic exam.
The investigation is not the first to involve Prison Health Services. The company has settled a number of lawsuits filed over improper medical treatment in the last 10 years. Pinellas County, Florida severed ties with PHS in 1995 after an inmate died of a heart attack because she was denied medication. The company also paid over $3 million in 1994 to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of a man who was denied proper treatment after corrections officers severely beat him.
If a loved one has suffered a severe violation of his or her constitutional rights while incarcerated, it may be important to contact an attorney
. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits
within which you must commence suit.
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