Richland County Detention Center Complaint - Kevin Doe's Lack of Medical Attention and Treatment

Review by lakisha.smith@funb.com on 2001-08-21
COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA -- Kevin Earl Doe was released from Richland Palmetto Hospital on Wednesday, August 15, 2001. From there, he was taken into custody by the Richland County Detention Center. He had his surgial doctor's written order to change the bandages on his gunshot wound to the face twice a day. That was not done. Not even once a day. The next morning he appeared in bond hearing court with the same ragged, day old bandage that was falling from his face. No medical treatment was provided. His prescriptions drugs were not administered to him.

After he was released from the detention center, we discovered that they didn't include his prescriptions with the other belongings released. The family made several phone calls back to the detention center inquiring about his medicine. Nobody seemed to know what happened to them. First they blamed it on the shift change. We blamed it on neglect, irresponsibilty, and lack of communication. The detention center called back after having to research the problem and said that we could come back and get the medicine. We refused and thought that it would be proper for them to bring it to us. They refused and said that they had to follow procedures. Well, that was very ironic for them to say. They didn't follow through with the procedures that the doctor had requested.

Finally, we asked the doctor to just call in another prescription for him to be picked up.
We are complaining because he was not provided the proper medical attention. Especially, after they had the orders from his discharging doctor. He could have easily gotten the wound infected because he was not given his antibiotics. The staff at the detention center did not treat this as a serious matter, in our opinion.

We want to do whatever the law allows us to do. I think that we also need to be reimbursed the $80 for the two prescriptions that we replaced. He needs to have something done about the pain and suffering he experienced while in there because he was not given the painkillers.

At the very least I would like a response from your company regarding this incident. Thank you for your time.

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