Family member blames prison authority for inmate's death

By Philip Gonzales | Apr 25, 2017

CHARLESTON — A Summers County man is suing a West Virginia prison authority, alleging its negligence caused the death of a family member.

Zachary George, as personal representative and estate administrator of Kandi George, filed a complaint March 30 in Kanawha Circuit Court against West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority alleging the defendant failed to provide timely medical care.

According to the complaint, during decedent Kandi George's incarceration at the Southern Regional Jail, her medical condition worsened and she died of hypertensive cerebral hemorrhage Jan. 30, 2015. Zachary George says he suffered loss of consortium, medical and funeral expenses, loss of income and emotional distress. 

The plaintiff alleges that despite Kandi George's need for emergency medical care, the defendant's employee failed to provide medication and/or physician care and failed to timely transport her to a hospital.

Zachary George seeks trial by jury, compensatory damages, pre- and post-judgment interest, attorney fees and court costs and other just and proper relief. He is represented by attorneys Weldon Mark Burnette of Ocala, Florida, and by Jeffrey S. Rodgers of Lewisburg.

Kanawha Circuit Court Case number 17-c-451

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