For Those Incarcerated

Asthma • High Blood Pressure • Diabetes • Cancer • Broken Bones • Staph Infections • Comas . The list is endless. Each condition can be a death sentence to your loved one incarcerated.

LifeCare InterlockSM is the key that unlocks the door for families and friends of inmates, giving you access and authority; access to health information being denied and authority to request records, aggressively seek adequate sufficient-to-the-need health care for the inmate patient that is being delayed, denied or ignored, and to make medical decisions on the inmate patient’s behalf when they are unable to speak for themselves.

But LCI documents are not all that are provided or all that is required. Having the documents is one thing—knowing how to use them is key. We provide one-on-one consulting with families about the documents and how to use them. We want you armed with accurate information and know-how so you know what to do when on behalf of your loved one. We want you wise in dealing with the dual system of corrections and medicine so you can fight for the life of your loved one.

This Could Happen To You

• Charlie is an inmate in a state Department of Corrections. He has some medical problems that are not being adequately addressed and treated. Despite phone calls from family to the prison medical staff requesting medical care, those requests are ignored. Staff tells the family he’s being taken care of. Charlie is found on his cell floor in a coma and taken to an outside hospital. Life and death decisions must be made about his care and treatment; decisions Charlie wanted and intended his family members to be able to make, however, he and his family don’t have the correct documents in place with the correctional system, prison facility and outside hospital. The reality is they have no say-so and medical and correctional personnel do not have to provide them with any information of any kind. The family is kept in the dark; wondering and waiting when they should actually be doing much.

• Sam is an inmate in a state Department of Corrections who was hit in the face with a lock in a sock. He suffered a broken jaw, broken cheekbone, open wounds and concussion. The broken jaw was wired shut by a dentist who refused to provide anesthetic. He was given only Ibuprofen for the other injuries and Band-Aids for his open wounds. No x-rays were ordered. Over the succeeding days and weeks his condition declined to the point where his cuts were infected, he was confused, slurring his words, unable to dress himself, walk by himself or feed himself. He was wheeled out to the visiting room where family members witnessed in horror his declining health. They were relentless in attempting to get him the medical care he needed but were ignored; their phone calls were never returned.

Sam is moved to the prison infirmary and within minutes he is having seizures. Only then is he transported via ambulance to an outside hospital but without medical records. Hospital ER doctor has no information as to his medical history leading up to his admittance to the hospital. His calls to the prison for information and records are ignored. Sam undergoes x-rays. His infected wounds are treated but on admittance it’s discovered he has contracted MRSA. Against hospital recommendation, prison medical personnel have him transported back to the prison within 24 hours, and readmitted to the infirmary. His health continues to decline. Within days he’s assigned to hospice. Family members find out his whereabouts from another inmate, call the prison and demand answers. They are given none. The family demands to be able to visit but that visit request is ignored by prison administrators for days. Once approved, they arrive to find Sam’s weight down from 190 to 155 pounds. He’s in a room with no personal belongings, no radio, no television. No bathroom. His voice is weak, he’s having trouble breathing and his face is swollen. Staff puts a food tray on his side table where he cannot reach it. Family members ask if nursing staff are coming in to feed him since he can’t feed himself. Nurse’s answer: “unless he fills out a request form for assistance we don’t do it.” Sam can’t fill out the request form because he’s too weak to hold the pencil and he can’t lift his head. If he can’t fill out the form, then he can’t eat.

Within days Sam is put on a ventilator. Family is contacted and told that he will most likely die before they get back for another visit. They are demanding a second opinion and answers. Both are denied. They visit again and demand yet again a second opinion and state outright they do not want him taken off the ventilator until they have a second opinion and until they visit again. Medical says nothing in response. Within 24 hours they are notified that Sam has died. Within that same time period the family receives an anonymous phone call telling them that medical staff removed the ventilator soon after they left.

Take Control

If you have a loved one incarcerated having key documents in place is an absolute necessity. Without them you as a family member have no authority to request medical and mental health care records, receive answers of any kind related to health care issues and emergency situations. LCI documents give you authorization to request and obtain medical and mental health care records, speak to medical and correctional staffers. They mandate that prison officials/medical staffers contact you in case of life and death situations where certain procedures need your permission to be performed. Without LCI documents in place decisions will be made without your knowledge, consent or authorization: life support systems will be removed, ventilators will be turned off, life saving surgeries not performed. Deceased bodies are sent to medical examiners’ offices and/or contracted funeral homes; names and locations of which can be (usually are) withheld from family members.

Contact Information

LifeCare Interlock'sSM Website
 phone:     816.803.6262

Wrongful Death & Injury Institute, LLC

 phone:     816.803.6262