Earlier this week, a 47-year-old male inmate at the Bartholomew County Jail in Columbus, Indiana, was found unresponsive. He was treated at the scene and then transported to Columbus Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
According to The Republic, the Indiana State Police launched an investigation into the incident at around 6 p.m. Sunday to determine what happened. Detectives from the ISP-Versailles Post are leading the investigation—a standard practice when someone dies inside a correctional facility where their health and care are the responsibility of the staff.
There’s no greater loss than the loss of life. Regardless of the circumstances or who it happened to, deaths caused by negligence are tragic and often devastating for the loved ones left behind. The people who caused the death or could have prevented it should be held liable.
At Wagner Reese, we know that families have many important questions when their loved ones die in police or state custody, including in correctional facilities.
Could their deaths have been prevented? Were their deaths due to uncaring guards or medical personnel? Was negligence a factor? When the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” the family members of the deceased may have wrongful death claims, and that’s where we come in.
Our legal team has the experience, resources, and tenacity required to pursue and win claims against all types of parties in wrongful death claims, including county jails.
In fact, attorney Stephen Wagner has handled dozens of jail death cases in the last 10 years for families who have lost loved ones due to the negligence or deliberate indifference of jail personnel. Whether the tragedy is due to lack of medical treatment, failure to treat individuals at risk for drug or alcohol withdrawal, or failing to monitor those at risk for suicide, we will work hard to obtain justice for your family.
Wrongful deaths can happen anywhere and at any time. In addition to occurring in hospitals, they can also occur on construction sites, in offices, on highways and interstates, and in nursing homes and correctional facilities. And when they do happen, it’s our job to help the victims’ families get the compensation they deserve.
If you lost a loved one because of another person’s or party’s negligence, our Indianapolis wrongful death lawyers want to help you. Contact us today for a free consultation.