Legal Aid claims Rikers inmates usually are not getting correct medical care: lawsuit


The Legal Aid Society claims town Department of Correction has been denying inmates correct medical care, new court docket papers present.

The authorized non-profit filed swimsuit Monday in opposition to the DOC on behalf of 4 Rikers Island inmates who allegedly haven’t obtained medicines or remedy — and in a single case a hernia surgical procedure, in keeping with a Bronx Supreme Court class-action lawsuit.

For instance, inmate Joseph Agnew, 23 — who’s been locked up on the troubled jail since Sept. 13 — has been recovering from a stabbing harm to his lung in addition to an harm to his knee after he was allegedly hit by a cop automobile and stomped on by officers throughout an arrest, the court docket papers say.

However, the submitting claims Agnew’s endured harsh remedy since his arrival at Rikers when he was left on a bus in handcuffs for 14 hours with out meals, drink, entry to a toilet and was made to sleep on the ground and was pepper-sprayed day by day for six days throughout his consumption, the submitting claims.

The pepper spray has exacerbated Agnew’s bronchial asthma and he nonetheless requires a cane to stroll. But regardless of asking day by day to get medical care and an inhaler he hasn’t obtained both, the swimsuit alleges.

Three different inmates equally have allegedly been uncared for on the jail regardless of severe well being points — together with 23-year-old inmate Anthony Gang who hasn’t obtained a hernia surgical procedure that was ordered by a physician in March, the court docket paperwork declare.

“DOC can no longer deprive our clients of their right to medical care, and if the Department is unable to guarantee that right, then the court must immediately consider releasing people,” Legal Aid lawyer Veronica Vela stated in an announcement.

The DOC and town Law Department didn’t instantly return a request for remark.