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Inmate’s Medical Malpractice Claim Denied

An inmate claims that he was denied medical treatment after complaining of a skin disorder. He filed a claim for medical malpractice, and that claim was dismissed close to two weeks ago by the Deleware Supreme Court.

According to court documents, Alan T. Brooks requested ultraviolet radiation treatment for vitiligo while incarcerated at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center. The skin condition causes blotches on the skin due to a lack of pigment.

The man filed a complaint against medical professionals at the prison, claiming that he developed the disease after undergoing open heart surgery in 2012. According to Brooks, a dermatologist prescribed ultraviolet therapy in 2015 to manage the skin condition.

Brooks medical malpractice claim was either denied or dismissed at several levels before he made his way to the Superior Court. That court said it made the decision to dismiss the case because “it was both factually and legally frivolous and failed to state a claim upon which relief could be granted. The trial court interpreted Brooks’ complain as attempting to state a medical malpractice action against the defendants.”

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