Judge: Westmoreland mother waited too long to sue jail officials after son died
By The Tribune-Review
Published: Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, 12:26 a.m.
A federal judge on Thursday ruled that the Westmoreland County mother of a man who died from lung cancer waited too long to sue Armstrong County Jail officials on a claim of inadequate medical treatment.
Patricia Ann Granny of North Huntingdon sued the county and the state prison in Camp Hill. Douglas Rodger Granny, 47, died in July 2009 in the state prison at Graterford. She alleged that while at the county jail her son started to have medical issues. He was treated for back pain, but the pain worsened and went undiagnosed as cancer, she said.
U.S. District Judge Joy Flowers Conti dropped the state from the lawsuit in August, ruling that it was immune to Granny's claim.
She ruled Thursday that the statute of limitations for claims against Armstrong County expired two years after Douglas Granny's last day in jail on March 22, 2009, so his mother was three months too late when she filed the lawsuit in July 2011.
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