There have been disturbing reports of inhumane and horrifying medical “care” at the Irwin County Detention Center, including descriptions of physicians performing hysterectomies without the consent of patients. These reports of unspeakable conduct and irresponsible supervision are documented in a whistleblower complaint and coverage in the national media. The New York Times also featured an alarming article on the same.
Georgia news outlets also detailed these inhumane acts as described by a local Georgia nurse:
Nurse alleges ‘inhumane’ medical practices at Irwin County immigrant detention center
The full complaint submitted by Project South and the Government Accountability Project — advocacy groups representing Wooten — raises alarms about mass hysterectomies performed on immigrant women in ICE custody without informed consent, the groups say. Wooten is quoted in the complaint saying “detained women expressed to her that they didn’t fully understand why they had to get a hysterectomy.”
Given these disturbing factors and events, medical malpractice lawyer Neil Edwards at Childers, Schlueter and Smith is investigating the claims in the whistleblower report for victims involved. If you have been mistreated medically at the Irwin County Immigrant Detention Center, or are aware of someone who has been, please contact us to learn more about your legal rights. Childers, Schlueter & Smith has significant experience handling medical malpractice cases. We are here to help – whatever your situation may have been.
All readers should know the following important facts:
- Regardless of your ethnicity or citizenship status you have the right to file a lawsuit and recover damages for your injuries in Georgia, including a lawsuit against medical facilities operated by the government under the Georgia Tort Claims Act (Kolev v. Home Depot, 275 Ga. App. 53 (2005) and Gonzalez v. Georgia Department of Transportation, 279 Ga. 230 (2005).)
- Doctors practicing in Georgia have a duty to provide reasonable treatment, which in most cases involves providing meaningful “informed consent” for all surgical procedures. O.C.G.A. 51-1-27.
- You have a right to be fully informed of the risks of treatment and alternative treatments (O.C.G.A. 31-9-61), including but not limited to …
- The diagnosis requiring the surgery
- The purpose of the surgery
- The risks of the surgery
- The likelihood of success of the surgery
- The practical alternatives to the surgery
- The prognosis if the surgery is rejected
- Medical facilities have additional duties to ensure that the physicians performing surgeries at their facilities are qualified to do so, and that procedures are in place to ensure that patients are treated safely (Lee v. Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, 297 Ga. App. 692 (2009); O.C.G.A. 31-7-15)
Call Us to Help Protect Your Rights
You have rights! Those rights include receiving reasonable medical treatment from a facility in which you are detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or otherwise. If you received dangerous and unreasonable treatment, you may be entitled to legal benefits and monetary compensation if the doctors involved materially deviated from the standard of care in providing treatment to you. No one deserves to be treated in the way these recent reports describe, and, if you were, you need a lawyer who can protect your rights. All of our consultations are 100% confidential and protected by the attorney-client privilege. All of our consultations are 100% free of charge to you. We will arrange a translator for any consultations at no charge to you. Contact CSS Firm toll free at 1-800-641-0098 or via email at Intake@cssfirm.com