Family Sues Over Death of Georgia Inmate Who Begged for Care

Posted at 3:30 PM, Feb 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-23 15:30:00-05

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The family of a Georgia inmate who died after complaining of heart problems for two months while jailed is suing the Chatham County sheriff and the company that provides the jail's health care.

The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Savannah accuses acting Sheriff Roy Harris and contractor Corizon Health Inc. of ignoring medical evidence that 32-year-old inmate Matthew Loflin had symptoms of congestive heart failure and needed to be hospitalized.

Local media report Loflin was jailed in February 2014 on drug charges. The lawsuit says he passed out in his cell several times, coughed up blood and complained of severe pain before an outside cardiologist finally sent him to a hospital in April 2014. Loflin died two weeks later.

Corizon said it's "confident in the care we provided."