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Thursday, April 07, 2005

Ex-inmate claims prison negligence contributed to his worsened condition

By Elliot Grossman
Allentown Morning Call

PA - A former Northampton County Prison inmate has accused the county of violating his rights by failing to provide adequate medical care, causing his multiple sclerosis to worsen.

In a federal civil rights lawsuit, Trent Apple, 47, alleges that prison personnel failed to provide medication for his disease, allowing his health to deteriorate so badly he had trouble walking.

The county and PrimeCare Medical Inc., the prison's medical contractor, have a history of failing to provide necessary medical treatment to inmates, especially when treatment is costly, according to the suit.

In April 2003, PrimeCare asked that he be allowed to recuperate at home, where he could be treated by his own doctors. Freedberg allowed him to do so.

But Apple's health had deteriorated so much that, instead of going home, he required a month of hospitalization at Easton Hospital, the suit states. Since then, he has not been able to return to work and has been declared disabled by the U.S. Social Security Administration, according to the suit.


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