UPDATE: Cobb County Commissioners approved a $300,000 payout to Wellstar Health System Tuesday to cover its legal fees after the family of an inmate who died in hospital sued.
Justin Graham, 25, was admitted to the Cobb County jail on May 18, 2006, for driving under the influence.
Several weeks later, on June 5, he was transferred to Wellstar Hospital in Austell with acute cirrhosis of the liver. He died on July 7.
Graham’s family filed a complaint claiming jail and hospital staff failed to provide adequate medical treatment.
The county and the hospital were ultimately cleared of wrongdoing, but the Sheriff Office's contract with Wellstar obligates it to reimburse the health system for legal fees it incurs while defending itself from prisoner injury claims, if it prevails in court.