A judge has ordered medical records of former Putnam County inmate Jerry Meadows be released to the county’s legal team.
Meadows died in February 2018 at Nashville General Hospital after falling ill while incarcerated at the Putnam County Jail.
Attorney Dan Rader III, who represents the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, filed a motion in May requesting the documents. According to the motion, Meadows was treated for HIV/AIDS at Vanderbilt Medical Center in 2012 despite signing documents to the jail stating he did not have the disease.
The defense states Meadows could have received proper treatment had they been properly informed of his condition.
Court documents show Vanderbilt Medical Center had been subpoenaed for information but failed to comply, leading to the judge’s order last Tuesday.
Any and all documents filed while Meadows sought treatment at Vanderbilt will be turned over to the jail’s legal team for inspection within the next two weeks.
Meadows’ parents filed the lawuit against the PCSO in January for not helping their son while he was ill in their custody. Meadows suffered from extreme headaches and pain before being transported to the Bledsoe County Correctional Complex.
Bledsoe County authorities transported Meadows upon arrival to Cumberland Medical Center in Crossville prior to taking him to Nashville for treatment. Meadows was pronounced brain-dead two days before his parents pulled life-support.
Putnam County Sheriff Eddie Farris and Jail Administrator Tim Nash are both listed as defendants in the lawsuit. Meadows’ parents are seeking a settlement of nearly $2.5 million.