Sosa v. Hudson County
New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Neighborhood Defender Service (NDS), and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP filed a civil rights law suit on behalf of Mr. Sosa in federal court.
Prior to detention, Mr. Sosa was receiving treatment for two serious autoimmune system diseases: severe psoriatic arthritis and severe psoriasis. He followed a strict but manageable medical regimen, which included specific medications and access to medical specialists to help keep his ailments under control. However, when he entered detention, the medical staff at Hudson County Correctional Center knew about his medication requirements, yet failed in their responsibility to provide adequate care. Mr. Sosa’s many requests for better care went unanswered. As a result of the egregiously poor medical care defendants provided, Mr. Sosa’s health quickly deteriorated. He developed sores and lesions over most of his body and endured painful and damaging inflammation in his hands, back, and neck. Seventeen months later, he was released in dramatically ill health.
The case details how Hudson County, Hudson County Correctional Center, CFG Health Systems (the contracted medical provider at the time), individuals in charge at those entities, and individual medical providers responsible for treating Mr. Sosa failed to provide him adequate care and violated his constitutional rights.
On September 28, 2020, NJ District Court denied CFG Health Systems and CFG individual Defendants’ attempt to have Mr. Sosa’s case dismissed on procedural grounds. Read the decision here.
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