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Man alleges correctional facility's denial of medical care resulted in loss of vision


By Philip Gonzales | Feb 27, 2019

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CHARLESTON — A former inmate is suing a state agency, a county agency, a health care provider and individuals, claiming they allegedly deliberately denied medical care for his loss of vision.

Chad Robinson filed a complaint Feb. 15 in Kanawha Circuit Court against the West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Stevens Correction Center, Wexford Health Sources, Jona Belcher, Pam Bowman and John Does. alleging they violated the Eighth and 14th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

According to the complaint, Robinson alleges that on Aug. 16, 2016, he was a diabetic with a severe visual impairment in his left eye and was incarcerated at Stevens Correction Center in McDowell County when he suddenly lost vision in that eye. As a result of the defendants' actions and inactions, his vision is now permanently impaired, which has caused him to suffer embarrassment, annoyance and inconvenience. 

The plaintiff holds West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation, et al. responsible because despite numerous request for medical treatment, they allegedly failed to provide any for over five years.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks all damages provided by law, attorney's fees, costs and such other proper and appropriate relief. He is represented by Mark S. Plants of Plants Law Offices in South Charleston.

Kanawha Circuit Court Case number 19-C-45

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