While a person may be serving time in prison for a crime he or she committed, that individual still deserves access to adequate health care when needed in Ohio. In a current case in another state a former prisoner brought a medical malpractice claim against the state for mistreatment of a cancer while he was incarcerated. The cancer went undiagnosed during the gentleman’s period of incarceration.

The inmate suffered from a subcutaneous melanoma that was mistakenly treated as psoriasis over a three year period. The man’s mother described her son’s appearance to a group of lawmakers during a recent hearing. She described her son as looking like a mummy when she visited him three years ago. There was a hole in his palm that she could see through. He was only recently diagnosed as having skin cancer.

The state denied any wrongdoing in the case but wished to avoid any further controversy. The case was recently settled in the amount of $1.3 million. There are other cases pending involving medical care for the state’s inmates.

Seeing a loved one suffer for lack of adequate medical care is not easy to bear. Regardless of whether the loved one is in a nursing home, serving time in prison or in a hospital environment, he or she deserves access to good medical care. If a person in Ohio believes that a loved one in such a situation is not receiving adequate care, one may wish to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. A knowledgeable lawyer can review the circumstances of the situation and can advise the client on whether a medical malpractice suit is warranted.