The Sutter County Jail in Yuba City, California was named in another medical malpractice/wrongful death lawsuit involving a prisoner, which was filed on December 24, 2014. The wrongful death lawsuit was filed on behalf of the parents and children of a 33-year-old prisoner who had been sentenced to one year of imprisonment for one count of felony corporal injury of a spouse. The inmate was booked into the jail on June 23, 2013 and released from custody on December 21, 2013. On December 24, 2013, the man died from acute pneumonia.
The wrongful death lawsuit alleges that man complained of pain and feeling ill but the jail employees failed to provide him with appropriate medication or to properly treat his pneumonia and pleurisy. The plaintiff seeks a jury trial and unspecified monetary damages against the county. The lawsuit alleges that the county was entrusted with the care, maintenance, health, and well-being of the inmate and that the jail negligently, carelessly, recklessly, and unlawfully supervised, handled, cared for, and treated the man.
It has been reported that at least four people jailed at the Sutter County Jail have died while in custody since 2010: one inmate died in 2010, two inmates died in 2011, and a fourth died in 2013. The 2010 death was a suicide at the jail after the inmate was transferred to the jail from a mental health facility, which resulted in a payment by the county in the amount of $800,000 to the inmate’s family in 2014. Another payment by the county in 2014, in the amount of $825,000, was as result of the jail’s staff ridiculing and ignoring the inmate’s medical complaints of his leg and foot turning black and that he was throwing up blood, which ended in the inmate’s death (the 30-year-old prisoner had a history of medical and mental issues as well as drug abuse that allegedly were known by the jail staff; the inmate had a history of staph infection, which led to his death from pneumonia and bronchitis).
In an unrelated matter involving the same jail, on December 16, 2014, the 57-year-old commander of the Sutter County Jail was reportedly jailed at the Sutter County Jail after being arrested on suspicion of child abuse. The commander’s bail was originally set at $50,000 but was subsequently increased to $5 million. The alleged victim was reported to be related to the commander and is a girl older than 14. If convicted of the charge, the commander faces imprisonment in the county jail for up to one year or incarceration in state prison for two, four, or six years.
If you or a family member suffered serious injuries while incarcerated in a jail or in a prison in the United States due to possible medical negligence or deliberate indifference to serious medical needs, you should promptly consult a local medical malpractice attorney in your state who handles prison medical malpractice claims who may investigate your claim for you and represent you in a medical malpractice/deliberate indifference to serious medical needs claim against the appropriate parties.
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