Inmate allegedly died due to negligent supervision by prison officials

By Bree Gonzales | Oct 16, 2018

HUNTINGTON — A personal representative is suing state correctional facility officials, alleging deprivation of constitutional rights, negligence and wrongful death.

Kathleen Jeffers, individually and as administrator of the estate of Bradley Siders II, deceased, filed a complaint in Cabell Circuit Court against West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority, et al., alleging violation of the West Virginia Medical Professional Liability Act.

According to the complaint, on March 1, 2017, Siders was committed to the Western Regional Jail in Cabell County. The suit says he had been diagnosed with serous and severe psychological issues, including, but not limited to schizophrenia. 

The suit alleges although the defendants were aware that Siders has a long history of serious psychological issues and was, obviously, suffering from hallucinations and delusions, he was not placed on suicide watch, was not given proper medication and proper assessment. 

As a result, the lawsuit states, Siders died March 2 and the cause of death was excited delirium due to methamphetamine intoxication and schizophrenia. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendants failed to provide Siders with access to an adequate mental health evaluation, proper housing classification and proper medical treatment.

Jeffers seeks trial by jury, damages to be determined by the jury, plus attorney fees, expenses and costs. She is represented by attorney Charles M. Hatcher III of Hatcher Law Office in Huntington.

Cabell Circuit Court case number 18-C-425

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