Facts: Prisoner’s health problem overlooked by Corrective Services and Justice Health
SK was an inmate at a correctional centre. He noticed a lump on his right testicle and requested medical attention. Sometime later, a Doctor reviewed SK and scheduled an ultrasound at a nearby hospital. Due to procedural complications, another ultrasound appointment had to be booked.
However, soon after, SK was transferred to another correctional facility. The Justice Health employees failed to comply with the clinical handover policy and medical appointment system during the transfer by not rescheduling the appointment.
Several months later SK had an ultrasound. Analysis of the results led to a diagnosis of testicular cancer. He had to undergo radical orchidectomy surgery to have his right testicle removed.
Outcome: We sue Corrective Services and Justice Health for negligence
O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors subsequently commenced civil action against Corrective Services and Justice Health for negligence. SK received compensation.