YUMA, Arizona. According to CNN, a family has sued a Nevada jail after a woman died while being held in custody. The family claims that the jail failed to provide the woman with adequate medical care and attention after she warned personnel about her risk of seizures. The woman died while being held in custody after she was arrested for driving with a suspended license. The family claims that the jail personnel were “deliberately indifferent” to the woman’s concerns. While a criminal investigation of the case found no malice among jail personnel, the family hopes that the civil court might see things differently. Two officers involved in the case have been reportedly disciplined and are not working at the jail. Reports indicate that the jail didn’t follow proper policy and procedure which is to check on inmates every 15 to 30 minutes. The woman struggled for hours, according to reports, with no one coming to check on her.
CBS News reports that the woman asked to be taken to the hospital. A video shows her suffering from withdrawal symptoms for much of her final day alive. While she initially told a guard about her risk of seizures, the guard told her he would only take her to the hospital if her condition worsened. The guard admits to seeing that the woman had vomited, but claims that the woman had only told him that she wanted to sleep.
In recent months, conditions inside jails and detention centers for immigrants have become center stage in the news. When it comes to immigrant children who have been separated from their parents or those who have been detained because they crossed the border without their parents, the conditions ProPublica reports are appalling. Some of the reports suggest that the children are not receiving adequate nutrition or medical care. Others report that detention itself is traumatizing for these children who may have suffered rape, violence, or abuse in the countries from which they are fleeing.
Regulations against inhumane treatment and cruel and unusual punishment make it against the law for detention guards or jail guards to treat inmates poorly, to deny them needed medical treatment, or to deny them access to basic standards like toilets, food, and water. Yet, every day across the country, there are reports that the needs of the incarcerated are being neglected.
If you or a loved one was injured in a jail, you may have certain rights under the law. Victims may have the right to sue the jail or county. Some jails are run by private companies and families may be able to sue these entities, if they believe neglect or cruelty may have played a role in their loved one’s injuries or death. Schneider & Onofry, P.C. are personal injury lawyers in Yuma, Arizona who work closely with victims who have suffered injuries due to the neglect or negligence of another person or party. If you or a loved one has been hurt, reach out to our firm today at https://www.soarizonalaw.com/.
 
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Yuma, AZ 85365
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