Lawsuit Alleges that Georgia Prison Failed to Treat Man Who Died From Infected Tattoo

4th April, 2016
Southern Center for Human Rights

STATESBORO, GEORGIA – Today, the Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) and Hunton & Williams LLP, filed Davison v. Georgia Correctional Health, LLC, et al., on behalf of a woman whose brother died of sepsis from an infected tattoo.  The civil rights lawsuit alleges that Randall Davison died from an untreated infection due to deliberate indifference and neglect by medical providers at Georgia State Prison (“GSP”) in Reidsville, Georgia.  The case was filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia in Statesboro.  

The Plaintiff in the case is Cindy Davison on behalf of her deceased brother, Randall Davison.  The lawsuit alleges that:

•Mr. Davison developed an infection at the site of a tattoo on his forearm.

•Mr. Davison showed obvious signs of infection and repeatedly sought medical care for the infection over a period of ten days in January 2015. 

•Mr. Davison reported symptoms of worsening infection and sepsis to GDC medical providers who did not treat him for the infection.


The lawsuit further alleges that when Mr. Davison became critically ill on a Friday morning, GSP medical providers left him to deteriorate without any medical care whatsoever for three full days, because the prison did not have a medical provider easily available over the weekend.  An entry in a prison dormitory logbook, dated three days before Mr. Davison experienced multi-system organ failure, quotes a GSP nurse as stating there was “nothing they can do with no provider” on the weekend.


The lawsuit alleges that when Mr. Davison finally received treatment on the following Monday, his infection had mushroomed into severe sepsis from which he did not recover.   


Mr. Davison was 50 years old when he died on February 15, 2015.  He was due to be released from prison just six weeks later, on March 31, 2015.  


At the time of his death, Mr. Davison was serving a 2-year prison sentence for a technical probation violation, stemming from underlying 2011 convictions on drug and weapon possession charges from Fannin County.  


“Mr. Davison died a painful and needless death, after repeated and increasingly desperate pleas for medical care went unheeded.” said SCHR attorney, Sarah Geraghty. “We call on the Department of Corrections to take a close look at medical care and conditions at Georgia State Prison.” 


Mr. Davison was one of 14 men who died while housed at GSP between May 1, 2014 and April 30, 2015.


To read the Complaint, click here 

To read the Amended Complaint, click here.

For additional information, contact Kathryn Hamoudah at 404/688-1202 or khamoudah(at)


Plaintiff, Cindy Davison with her brother, Randall Davison.