In Salem Superior Court, the loved ones of former inmate Jeddy Darryl Warner is suing the Essex County jail for Massachusetts wrongful death. According to the plaintiffs, the jail allegedly kept Warner from taking the medications that he needed for several days. Now his family is seeking $2 million in damages.
Warner had been suffering from gastrointestinal stromal tumor, which is a rare form of cancer that he as diagnosed with while serving time in a New York prison for check fraud. After having surgery and getting additional care at hospitals located close to where he was being detained, Warner was paroled and transferred to Massachusetts. However, a few years later, he was behind bars again, then later on probation, and again back in custody in 2010.
Per the Essex County, MA wrongful death complaint, when Warner’s sister attempted to ensure he received his medications, she was notified that he was only allowed to get drugs that came from the jail and not through any outside sources. One drug that he needed, in particular, but could not get was Gleevec. Several days after he was allegedly deprived of this needed med, Warner was discovered unconscious on the jail infirmary floor and placed on life support for several days.
Warner’s family believes that he died because the jail prevented him from getting the medication he needed. They are alleging negligent supervision and wrongful death.
People who are inmates or who have been temporarily detained or arrested do have rights, which means not only should the protected from excessive use of police force of any kind, but their well-being and health should also be preserved. This includes making sure they get any medical care that they might need and that they are protected from any situation or hazardous condition that could cause them harm.
If someone you love has gotten hurt or died while under police supervision, you may have grounds for a Boston injury lawsuit. If you or a family member has been a victim of excessive use of police force or abuse, you may be able to file a Boston police brutality case.
Essex jail sued by ex-inmate’s family, Boston Herald, February 25, 2013
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