The families of four inmates who died while in the custody of the Tulsa County Jail have filed a Tulsa Wrongful Death Lawsuit against the facility and its staff. The lawsuit claims the staff’s negligence in failing to provide proper medical care to inmates was directly responsible for the deaths of three of the inmates and the near-death of another.
According to a story from Oklahoma’s News 9, the lawsuit alleges one of the victims was taken to the hospital to have her heart rhythm examined before she was deemed medically fit by doctors to be booked into jail. During that examination, the victim informed medical staff of the medications she was taking for numerous conditions she suffered, including diabetes, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, and pancreatitis.
Once in jail though, the victim began to complain of chest and stomach pain. When staff checked the woman four to six hours later, she was dead; however, staff at the facility falsified her medical records to show she died after paramedics had arrived to treat and transport her.
Each of the other three cases involved similar incidents of medical records being falsified to shift responsibility for the death away from the jail.
The Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers recognize how difficult losing a loved one to another person’s negligence can be. The firm hopes a decision in the case will bring closure to the families of the victims.