Father says health care provider’s negligence led to his son’s death at Maine State Prison

The father of a man who died at the Maine State Prison in Warren in 2018 has filed a wrongful death lawsuit alleging that Wellpath LLC, the Nashville-based company that provides medical care for inmates, failed to properly treat Andrew Leighton in the final days of his life.

Leighton, 51, of Falmouth was found unresponsive in his cell the morning of Oct. 1. He had sought medical treatment five times between July 31, 2018, and his death but his condition continued to worsen, according to the complaint.

The lawsuit was filed last month in Cumberland County Superior Court by Thomas Leighton, 79, of Cumberland. He sued Wellpath, formerly known as Correct Care Solutions, the for-profit company that has provided medical and dental care in the state’s prisons since 2012 under a contract with the Maine Department of Corrections.