Surviving relatives accuse prison, health care providers of wrongful death

By Noddy A. Fernandez | May 22, 2018

CHARLESTON — Surviving relatives are suing police and medical institutions, alleging breach of duty, medical malpractice and wrongful death.

CHARLESTON — Surviving relatives are suing police and medical institutions, alleging breach of duty, medical malpractice and wrongful death.

Stacie Hintz, as co-personal representative of the estate of Phillip Ross Board, C.B., a minor child, by his next friend, Stacie Hintz, and Shaw L. Board, as the co-personal representative of the estate of Phillip Ross Board filed a complaint in Kanawha Circuit Court against PrimeCare Medical of West Virginia Inc., PSIMED, Inc.; PSIMED Corrections LLC, West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility, et al. alleging violation of the West Virginia Human Rights Act.

According to the complaint, on April 5, 2016, Phillip Ross Board, 32, died while incarcerated at South Central Regional Jail in Kanawha County. The plaintiffs allege his death was premature and could have been prevented by the defendants if he was properly housed or incarcerated in an appropriate medical or detox unit within the jail as he was a self-admitted alcoholic. The suit says Board's only health problem was alcoholism. 

As a result, the suit says, Board suffered symptoms of alcohol withdrawal without proper adequate medical care that resulted to his premature and wrongful death. 

The plaintiffs allege the defendants failed to properly house or incarcerate Board in an appropriate medical or detox unit within the jail, failed to properly record medical needs relating to alcohol withdrawal and failed to provide adequate medical care to treat severe alcohol withdrawal.

The plaintiffs seek trial by jury, pre and post-judgment interest, attorney fees, expenses, court costs and all further relief the court deems fair and equitable. They are represented by attorneys William C. Forbes of Forbes Law Offices PLLC in Charleston, and by Angel Moore of Moore Firm of Charleston.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number 18-C-456

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