PITTSBURGH (AP) - The insurer for a western Pennsylvania jail’s former health care provider has agreed to a $2 million settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of an inmate who died in 2012.
The parties settled Monday during a mediation session before a U.S magistrate judge in Pittsburgh.
Debra and Earl Black sued Allegheny Correctional Health Services and Allegheny County in February 2013 over the death of their son, Derek Black. The lawsuit alleged that 28-year-old Black, who was jailed on drug and theft charges, got into a fight with another inmate and was denied medical treatment until it was too late to treat resulting pulmonary conditions.
Black died in May 2012 at UPMC Mercy Hospital.
The lawsuit called the lack of treatment cruel and unusual punishment and demanded compensatory and punitive damages along with an injunction against the county and its jail health service requiring better medical care for inmates.
Though the nonprofit health service is now defunct, the agency’s insurance policy that was in force at the time still covers the settlement.
One of the parent’s attorneys, W. Charles Sipio, said the county settled separately with Black’s estate last month, agreeing to pay $90,000.
Wayne Ely, lead attorney in the case, said in a statement that he hopes the settlement can bring closure to the family.
County spokeswoman Amie Downs said she could not comment until the settlement received final approval.
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