Family Files Alabama Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Jailhouse Fatality
March 26th, 2013|
March 26, 2013
The family of a 21-year-old man who died while in custody at the Walker County Jail has filed an Alabama Wrongful Death Lawsuit for their loss. The suit was filed against law enforcement officials who oversaw the man’s arrest and a hospital accused of failing to give the victim proper medical treatment.
An article from CBS 42 News explains that in Sept. 2009, the victim had stolen a dump truck. When officers attempted to stop the vehicle, a road and foot chase ensued. Details become murky during the arrest of the victim, as officers reported using a less-than-lethal compliance device, known as a Taser gun, on the victim during apprehension.
He was taken to a local hospital, where doctors determined the man had suffered no serious injuries. However, upon arrival at the jail’s booking station, it was noted the victim could not walk or stand and was having difficulty speaking.
Six days later, the man was found dead on the jailhouse floor. An examination of the body determined the man died of injuries sustained in an “automobile accident.” There’s no evidence indicating the chase ended in a crash.
The family is seeking $20 million in damages for their loss.
The Birmingham Personal Injury Attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers are hopeful a decision in the case will help bring a sense of closure to the loss the family of the victim has suffered.