Inmate's suicide leads to allegations of negligence against jail officials

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Sep 14, 2018

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Regional Jail Authority and its medical provider face allegations of negligence after an inmate was found hanging in his cell.

Sharon Curry, as administrator of the estate of Monty Workman filed a complaint in Kanawha Circuit Court against West Virginia Regional Jail Authority and Primecare Medical of West Virginia Inc. for an alleged violation of the West Virginia Medical Professional Liability Act.

According to the complaint, jail and medical officials ignored Workman's repeated requests for medication to deal with his depression. Records show Workman attempted to commit suicide in the showers shortly after being transferred to the jail. Workman eventually hung himself in his cell. 

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment for compensatory damages. She is represented by Stephen P. New and Amanda J. Taylor of Law Office of Stephen P. New in Beckley.

Kanawha Circuit Court Case number 18-C-944

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Kanawha Circuit Court PrimeCare Medical The Law Office of Stephen P. New West Virginia Regional Jail & Correctional Facility Authority

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