Questionable circumstances surrounding the unexpected death of a loved one may compound an already difficult situation for surviving family members. Some families may have more questions than answers about what happened and may benefit from seeking the advice of an attorney to assess their legal options. A family with many questions regarding the apparent wrongful death of their loved one recently filed a claim for monetary damages in a federal civil court in Connecticut.
Court rulings were recently made in a wrongful death lawsuit in regard to the death of a 31-year-old man while in police custody. One day after arriving in Connecticut from the Bahamas, the man was found confused and speaking incoherently in the street. According to reports, the man forced his way through an open window into a stationary vehicle and threatened the driver. The man was taken into custody and transported to a medical facility for evaluation after being subdued by a stun gun.
Despite apparent evident mental instability, the man was released back into police custody. Hospital records do not indicate that blood tests, brain scans or psychiatric evaluations were performed despite continued hallucinations while under medical care. The patient was noted to have an increased heart rate, high blood pressure and a fever prior to his release. According to the lawsuit, his confused delirious state continued, and authorities attempted several methods to calm the man down. Sadly, in the process the man died, and his death was classified as a homicide.
The wrongful death lawsuit names a number of defendants, including Lawrence and Memorial Hospital for an improper exam of the man. His medical symptoms may have been indicating an acute medical condition that resulted in his delirious state that further tests may have revealed. A trial court will consider the evidence presented to determine if any or all of the defendants were negligent in handling the events surrounding the man's death. If negligence is formally established, a monetary award for end-of-life expenses and emotional damages may be awarded.
Source: courthousenews.com, "Connecticut Police Must Face Claims Over Doctor's Death", Jeff D. Gorman, Feb. 23, 2017