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NYS Attorney General Says Nassau County Jail Deprives Inmates of Proper Medical Care

On July 11, 2016, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman filed a lawsuit against Armor, a private corporation that has an exclusive $11,000,000 annual contract with Nassau County to provide medical services to its prison inmates. The AG's office stated: "Since Armor started providing services to NCCC in 2011, 12 inmates have died in custody, one just last week, and three others since March 2016." Five of the inmates who died were later found by the NYS Commission on Correction to have received inadequate medical care.  The Attorney General cited two problems with Armor, according to the complaint filed in the New York County Supreme Court: "Neglecting the duty to provide adequate care not only defrauds taxpayers, it compromises the health and safety of inmates with sometimes fatal consequences." Nassau contracted out the responsibility for medical care to Armor Correctional Health Medical Services, a private company founded by a Florida physician, 10 years ago. 

Municipalities hope to reduce their labor costs by outsourcing governmental responsibilities to private corporations that don't have to comply with civil service laws or union contracts requiring fair wages and benefits. Unfortunately, the private corporations focus on profit, not delivering quality health care. This result of shoddy medical care is an increase medical malpractice lawsuits - potentially exposing Nassau County taxpayers with tremendous liability exposure. Fortunately, even Armor can be sued for medical malpractice as a state actor under 42 U.S.C. Section 1983 for the acts of its employees.

This is a particularly desperate situation for Nassau County inmates who are entirely reliant on Nassau County to provide for their medical care while incarcerated. "Those struggling with chronic diseases, mental health and substance abuse problems" - typical of the Nassau County prison inmate population - need proper medical care. The health issues confronting Nassau County inmates are the usual ones: diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and cancer, among others. Armor allegedly failed to follow its contractual obligations by failing to respond in a timely manner to inmates' requests for medical assistance, failing to provide timely access to prescription medication as well as diagnostic services and lab tests, not providing access to off-site medical specialists, and understaffing key clinical and managerial positions.

If you are or were an inmate at the Nassau County jail who was deprived of proper medical care and it caused you to suffer a serious medical complication, you should consult with a medical malpractice attorney immediately. 

Ronald C. Burke, Esq

Trial Attorney with 30+ Years of Experience Attorney Ronald C. Burke, Esq. has more than 30 years of experience and has focused his career on representing clients in cases involving personal injury, medical malpractice and legal malpractice. He is a seasoned trial lawyer and has won many seven-figure settlements and verdicts for his clients over the years, including many case victories listed among the largest in the history of the New York State. He has been featured in the news and is a regular lecturer for the New York County Lawyers Association, as well as having lectured before the New York State Bar Association. Ron is also an attorney with Kelner & Kelner, a New York personal injury law firm. Awards and Accolades Mr. Burke's awards and accolades are many. Among them, he has been included in New York Super Lawyers® each year since 2010, and he has received the highest-possible AV® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®. Verdict Search, a part of the New York Law Journal, frequently recognizes his notable successes after winning some of the highest settlements and verdicts in past years. He was also featured in their list of the "Top New York Verdicts of 2011" and "Top New York Settlements of 2012." He is a member of the New York State Bar Association and is licensed to practice law in the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, as well as before the United States Supreme Court. When Attorney Burke is not handling legal malpractice cases, he is highly involved in the local community. He is a member of the Village of Rockville Centre Volunteer Fire Department, has served on the local school board and as Chairman of the local Zoning Board. Learn more about Attorney Burke and how he can skillfully handle your malpractice case by contacting the Law Offices of Ronald C. Burke, Esq. right away to schedule your complimentary case evaluation. Our firm is here to help! Contact a New York Legal Malpractice Attorney Our firm provides each client's case with thorough preparation and aggressive representation, ensuring that you win the best possible results for your case whether it is settled or goes to trial. As a seasoned trial lawyer, Mr. Burke can provide the strong and relentless representation you need to establish negligence in a legal malpractice case and to recover any damages you may have suffered. Our firm can recover compensation for pre-trial and trial malpractice, violations of fee arrangements, loss of income, pain and suffering, and much more. Contact us today!

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