A troubling wrongful death suit is playing out in Texas right now that may have startling implications for Georgians. The survivors and loved ones of an Arkansas man recently brought suit against the owners and staff of a for-profit jail after the man died while incarcerated. According to the suit, the death was due to neglect and lack of proper medical care when guards and nurses refused to offer the man the help he stated that he needed.
Footage from the jail demonstrates that the man had difficulty standing and breathing following a confrontation with guards. The man is heard clearly saying nearly 20 times that he could not breathe.
This is not the first time that this kind of mistreatment has led to a lawsuit. Less than a year ago, the same jail also received a similar lawsuit after a diabetic inmate received improper medication that lead to her death, ostensibly because the nurse on hand did not properly test her blood sugar levels.
LaSalle Corrections, the company that operates the jail also operates a facility in Georgia, where many individuals from our communities spend time following a conviction. If you or someone you love recently transferred into a LaSalle facility, or if you have reason to believe that a correction facility is mistreating you or your loved one, you should not hesitate to reach out to an experienced attorney.
Simply because you receive a conviction does not mean that you give up your basic human rights to medical care and proper, decent treatment. It is crucial to stand up and fight for the rights of those serving time, to truly ensure justice for all. With the guidance of an experienced attorney, you can ensure that your rights remain protected and defended while you or your loved one serves time for a conviction.
Source: wsbradio.com, "Lawsuit: Arkansas Man Died After Jail Denied Medical Help," Juan A. Lozano, May 26, 2017