Two wrongful death cases involving the former contract provider of prison healthcare in Arizona could cost taxpayers millions of dollars.
Wexford Health Sources provided inmate healthcare from July 2012 until March 2013
"I feel they dropped the ball, Wexford did," said Sharon Dixon, whose husband Gary Dixon, 50, died while in Arizona Department of Corrections custody.
Gary Dixon passed away in January after battling Hepatitis C. He was scheduled to be released from prison in 2017.
When Wexford took over inmate care last year, Sharon Dixon says her husband saw a decline in medical responsiveness.
"He'd send me letters stating they stopped his medicine, three crucial medications," said Sharon Dixon.
Sharon Dixon hired attorney Amy Pokora of Lewis and Pokora to bring a claim of wrongful death against Wexford and the state Department of Corrections.
"What's unique about this case is we have Gary's notes from when he was denied medications and treatment, and it's almost like notes from the grave," said Pokora.
Included in the legal documents are more than a hundred pages of medical request forms documented by Gary Dixon while behind bars. Those documents show a pattern of declining health and concerns about treatment.
"But if he would have had his medicine like he was supposed to, I do feel in my heart he would still be here," said Sharon Dixon.
Sharon Dixon is not the only widow claiming Wexford provided substandard care.