CHARLESTON – A Massachusetts woman alleges her father died while incarcerated at the South Central Regional Jail because he wasn't provided appropriate medical care.
Hannah Knouse, as administratrix of the estate of Charles Knouse, filed a complaint in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia against Primecare Medical of West Virginia Inc., et al. alleging negligence and other counts.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff is the daughter of Charles Knouse, who was incarcerated at the West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority's South Central Regional Jail in South Charleston. The plaintiff alleges that her father suffered from serious health issues and that the defendants failed to provide him his medication. The suit states he died while incarcerated on Aug. 13, 2017.
The plaintiff holds Primecare Medical of West Virginia Inc., et al. responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to appropriately assess the decedent’s medical risks of death, failed to provide appropriate medical care and mental health treatment and care and failed to take steps to prevent his death.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendants for compensatory damages, interest, attorney's fees, costs and other relief as the court may deem just. She is represented by Christopher J. Heavens and Aaron M. Kidd of Heavens Law Firm PLLC in Charleston and James D. McQueen Jr. and Chelsea R. Bailey of McQueen Davis PLLC in Huntington.
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia case number 2:18-cv-01014