A new federal lawsuit claims South Carolina’s prison agency should have done more to care for an inmate whose kidney infection was left untreated and eventually caused his death last year.
The Greenville News first reported the complaint was filed Monday on behalf of 27-year-old Victor Rogers’s family. Department of Corrections (SCDC) officials said Rogers was found unresponsive in his cell in March 2015. No cause was given at the time, but the Lee County Coroner’s Office eventually said an autopsy found his death was caused by sepsis due to kidney infection.
The lawsuit claims at least a dozen individuals at SCDC’s Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville knew Rogers was experiencing pain, but did not provide or seek medical care” for him due to “deliberate indifference to the obvious, serious medical needs.” It states the infection was left untreated and eventually caused Rogers’ death.
SCDC Director Bryan Stirling and Lee Correctional’s warden Michael McCall are named in the suit, along with several correctional officers and prison medical staff. An SCDC spokeswoman said the agency does not comment on pending lawsuits. [Read more…]