Jury Awards $975K to Estate of Florida Woman Who Died in Jail

February 19, 2014

  • February 19, 2014 at 2:05 pm
    Huh! says:
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    Well, the plaintiff’s attorney has certainly presented their version of the facts, which all seem to support the plaintiff’s suit. Must say, however, that from what has been said about this woman’s condition, the defendant’s claim that she was ‘uncooperative’ sounds quite plausible and accurate. Perhaps her husband should have called her health care provider(s) instead of the police.

    • February 20, 2014 at 3:20 pm
      Thomas Hart says:
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      Um, just wait until they do it to your kid, and your view will change. This happens in Los Angeles also, until the feds arrested 18 sherrifs, for conspiracy. All that solidarity BS then becomes systematic corruption, punnishable under the RICO act, like the organized criminals the police indeed are.

  • February 19, 2014 at 2:10 pm
    BoomLawyered says:
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    Electrolyte imbalance? I thought an electrolyte was a thing made up by Gatorade to sell sports drinks.

    • February 20, 2014 at 3:23 pm
      Thomas Hart says:
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      Um, they are the things that keep your nervouse system workin, so you can breath, keep your heart going, make your kidneys, liver, pituitary, hypothalmus, ect. work correctly. The Mayo clinic website disusses these things, they also tell you where babies come from, and why you need to eat fiber.

      • February 21, 2014 at 1:27 pm
        Fair Playing Field says:
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        Thomas Hart clumsily wrote: “…keep your nervouse [sic] system workin [sic], so you can breath [sic],…”

        Stay in school, kids.

  • February 19, 2014 at 7:27 pm
    WOW says:
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    Hey Huh –

    Does your doctor usually come to the house if you are having a medical issue? I’m sure the husband called 911, as his wife needed immediate attention. She was then completely mistreated by the police (unfortunately, because of inadequate mental health training).

    the police should have brought her in to the local mental health facility. This woman had no business in jail. Why are we so amazed when folks are afraid to get help for mental health issues?

    Very sad, especially our insurance community’s lack of empathy!

  • February 20, 2014 at 9:06 am
    amazed says:
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    My husband is bipolar and I’ve been through the ups and downs of mania and depression with him. Many times I have called his dr to be told to bring him in to the hospital. If someone is completely manic, you are generally unable to get them to do anything. If you call for an ambulance to help you get them into the hospital, the ambulance attendants usually call the police, then the bipolar person becomes more agitated and they are usually stunned and arrested instead of being brought into the pysch unit at the local hospital. It is a horrible situation to have to deal with and there needs to be much more training for law enforcement and 911 responders. Most won’t even call the dr’s office to “confirm” that this is a medical condition and to assist with getting the ill person into the hospital for help. Her family deserves the verdict it received, hopefully because of this more training will be provided. It certainly doesn’t bring someone back from beyond

    • February 21, 2014 at 3:45 pm
      Don't Call Me Shirley says:
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      I agree 100%. Unfortunately, there is very little budget for mental health services and related training, thanks to the “cut spending” crowd. Mental health services are repeatedly cut; meanwhile, millionaires get free govt handouts.

  • February 20, 2014 at 9:32 am
    FL says:
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    Unfortunately, this is a mere glimpse into how FL’s Correctional Facilities operate. This was an unexcusable incident and reflects on the lack of training, or how some officers treat inmates. The prison system is much worse. Their officers assault inmates on a regular basis and the other guards cover for them, similar to gang members. There is no justice system in FL. And we wonder why inmates are released everyday and come out in a worse mental state than when they went in. The inmates do unto others as they have been treated. Thus, a revolving door for too many inmates that could have been rehabilitated with proper care, custody and control, and perhaps some programs for retraining. The “system” says these programs are in place, trust me when I tell you they are not!



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