Prison settles lawsuit over inmate’s death from not getting dialysis

Posted at 5:59 PM, Dec 01, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-01 19:59:33-05

SALT LAKE CITY — The family of a prison inmate who died after going days without dialysis treatments has settled a lawsuit against the Utah Department of Corrections.

A federal court filing on Tuesday revealed that Ramon Estrada’s family has dropped the Utah State Prison warden Scott Crowther and clinical director Richard Garden from their lawsuit, citing a settlement. Terms of the settlement were not immediately disclosed, but each side would pay their own costs of fighting the lawsuit.

“While our clients Warden Crowther and Dr. Garden have admitted no liability, both they and the Utah Department of Corrections are relieved this case has been resolved and would like to again publicly express their sincere condolences to the Estrada family,” said Camille Anderson, a spokeswoman for the Utah Attorney General’s Office, which represented the Utah Department of Corrections in court.

The Estrada family’s lawsuit against the University of Utah Health Care system is ongoing.

The family is suing, alleging 62-year-old Ramon Estrada died after going two days without getting proper dialysis treatment after techs failed to show up because of scheduling mishaps. Six other inmates at the Utah State Prison also did not get dialysis. University of Utah Health Care has said steps have been taken to ensure such an issue does not happen again.