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Can a prison deny an inmate proper medical treatment

Pacific, MO |

my husband is in a mo. prison and is disabled and not only are they denying him proper medical treatment but they have performed surgery on his wrist two times and now he is unable to use his hand. They have denied him wrist braces and taken his cane and he has fallen down so mant times he said his knees look like he's been skating on them. He has had to go see a psychiatrist in the last few months and I have written the Governor several times and nothing is getting done. He has a BB in his head that is causing him severe pain down the back of his neck and they refuse to treat him for that as well.

Attorney Answers 2

  1. Although inmates have far fewer rights, they nevertheless have basic rights under the U.S. Constitution. Specifically, inmates have the right to be free, under the Eighth Amendment, from inhuman conditions because those conditions constitute "cruel and unusual" punishment. Inmates have the right to complain about prison conditions and voice their concerns about the treatment they receive. An inmate in need of mental health care is entitled to receive treatment in a manner that is appropriate under the circumstances, meaning that the treatment must be adequate. Whether the treatment is adequate is question for the court. Speak to an attorney that specializes in civil rights.

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