Wrongful death lawsuits may be initiated where a death has been caused by the fault of another person, especially where the alleged wrongdoers owed a duty of care to the deceased and where the deceased was under their care and protection.
According to an article by the Chicago Sun-Times, the family of a Cook County jail inmate has filed suit against the sheriff’s office. The inmate was beaten to death last year by another inmate, and the family is arguing that this was caused by the jail’s dangerous conditions and that guards failed to take action. The victim and five other inmates had been staying in Cell 2107 in the jail’s medical facility at Cermak Hospital. All were receiving mental health treatment at the time. Even though six inmates were assigned to the cell, there were only four beds, so some detainees with mental illness had to sit, sleep, and lounge on the floor.
When a fight broke out last summer, the guards removed the inmate who attacked the victim, but they did not attend to the victim. Instead, they asked a doctor for advice before calling an ambulance. The suit argues that despite knowing the victim was severely injured and struggling to breathe, none of the guards provided emergency medical attention for a period of time. Delaying medical care could have caused him more harm and led to his death. The victim had been jailed for a non-violent offense but was housed with an inmate who had a documented history of violence.
Our attorneys empathize with families who have suffered from the unexpected loss of a loved one. These situations can be especially difficult because families trust that their loved one has been cared for and protected when in the custody of another and do not expect them to suffer harm or death. Inmates, despite any of their crimes or wrongs, deserve care, respect, and safety and prison authorities are required to provide inmates with a safe environment and adequate medical care if needed.
Since our firm’s opening in 1992, our lawyers have recovered millions in personal injury and wrongful death verdicts and settlements for Illinois families. We strive for the best results for all of our clients, because we wish to bring justice to those who have needlessly suffered due to the wrongfulness and negligence of others. If your loved one has suffered a wrongful death, a lawsuit may be the right option for you.