A lawsuit against the Tennessee Department of Corrections over its insufficient treatment of prisoners infected with Hepatitis C has been granted class action status, and Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings, PLLC, attorney Karla Campbell is on the legal team.
This Is Bigger Than The Prison Population
As reported by the Tennessean, the number of inmates diagnosed with Hepatitis C is on the rise and there are likely many undiagnosed cases. The majority of these inmates are not receiving the medical care they need. In fact, of the more than 3,500 inmates reportedly diagnosed with the disease as of last November, only eight were receiving the most effective medical treatment. There are treatment options that could actually cure the majority of these cases, but those options are expensive.
Expertd state that this is not just about the prison population. Effectively treating prisoners with Hepatitis C could stave the spread of the disease not just in prison, but outside of its walls as well. After all, prisoners are often released, and they bring any untreated medical conditions with them into the outside world.
The Department of Correction argues that not all infected prisoners need treatment, and many are receiving some sort of treatment. According to the Tennessean, however, that treatment amounts to little more than having blood drawn.
Granting this lawsuit class action status shows just how important the matter is, not just to the prison population, but to the population as a whole. Our law firm is proud to be a part of this important legal matter.