Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Targets Doctors Treating Inmate After Beating

Medical malpractice suit targets doctors treating inmate after beatingA medical malpractice lawsuit has recently been filed by the estate of Washington inmate, alleging that the doctors who treated him after a physical altercation with other prisoners were negligent in addressing his injuries.

The estate of Damian Long, who passed away after an allegedly severe prison fight, has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit that names Yakima Surgical Associates, two doctors affiliated with the company and another doctor affiliated with the hospital Long was taken to after the fight as defendants, Yakima Herald-Republic reports.

The medical malpractice lawsuit claims that the doctors named as defendants waited too long to treat Long for his injuries, which included a ruptured spleen. The ruptured spleen allegedly caused severe internal bleeding, but Long was reportedly only operated on shortly before his death. The lawsuit also claims that Long was given the wrong medication or incorrect dosages of medicine.

The amount of damages sought in the medical malpractice suit is reportedly not specified.

According to the Mayo Clinic, a ruptured spleen can result from a severe blow to the abdomen. It is reportedly a medical emergency that can cause fatal internal bleeding if not immediately addressed.