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The daughter of a 49-year-old immigrant detainee who died after an infection overwhelmed his body has filed a federal civil lawsuit accusing officials at House of Correction and its privately run infirmary of gross negligence leading to his death. The claim seeks unspecified damages in the death of shuttle driver who was in jail fighting deportation to the Dominican Republic. As a Maryland lawyer I review these types of cases for potential liability of the correctional facilities and state actors in pursuing claims on behalf of familys aggrieved by such misconduct.

In the lawsuit,his daughter accuses jail and infirmary officials of reckless neglect, saying her father “died from a heart attack caused by a massive infection that the defendants failed to properly treat.” The lawsuit, which alleges civil rights violations and medical malpractice, cites a federal report last year that said jail officials waited too long to take the victim to the hospital, allowing the infection to spread. His death triggered protests from advocates for immigrants and others concerned about detainees’ care.
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According to a recent study between 2004 and September 2008, New York issued 16 citations to hospitals for incomplete, altered or missing medical records. In a review of the documents, it was found that the records were altered or missing when a medical screw-up was involved. Workers at city-run hospitals faked records to cover up incidents or claimed that they couldn’t find the data when investigators asked.

One such incident occurred at New York Hospital. A young man showed up on September 8, 2005 and was diagnosed as suffering a “cardiac event.” An IV was placed by a fourth-year medical student but it was listed in the records that a medical doctor administered the IV since med students are allowed to. Over the next two days, the medical student and several nurses made entries into the record that the patient’s arm was fine, was “warm to the touch” and that there were “no signs of inflammation.” During this time however, his arm was covered from the knuckles to his elbows in a material called Kerlix. When the Kerlix was removed, patient’s arm was blistering and his left hand was “cool to touch and pulseless.” The patient ended up having his arm amputated at the elbow.

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