NORFOLK, Va. — The estate of an inmate who died at a Virginia jail has filed a lawsuit seeking $13.85 million in damages for alleged negligence, deprivation of rights and wrongful death.
The estate of 69-year-old William Otis Thrower Sr. filed the lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Norfolk, The Virginian-Pilot reported . It names more than two dozen defendants including the Hampton Roads Regional Jail Authority and Correct Care Solutions, the jail’s medical provider.
Thrower died March 20, 2016. The cause of death was “acute gallstone pancreatitis with hypertensive atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease contributing,” according to a state medical examiner.
The lawsuit said Thrower repeatedly requested medical assistance both verbally and in writing. The afternoon Thrower died, he wrote he had not had a “bowel movement in five days” and asked to see a doctor as soon as possible.
Jail Assistant Superintendent Linda Bryant disputed another request that the lawsuit said was denied the day before Thrower’s death. Bryant cited jail records and a conversation she had with a sergeant. The sergeant forwarded the request to a medical staffer and had recalled seeing her crying after Thrower’s death because she had thought he was OK.
It is unclear if either request was reviewed, The Virginian-Pilot reported. A spokesperson for the jail’s medical provider declined to comment.
Mark Krudys is an attorney for Thrower’s estate who is also suing the jail authority over two other inmate’s deaths. The lawsuit includes details about both deaths, along with at least six others.
Thrower was sentenced to a year in jail for a charge of failing to appear in court on a probation violation.
Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com