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Father Sues for Mentally Ill Son's Death

In February of 2014, a forty-three year old man died in a Louisiana jail. Recently, his father brought a federal lawsuit against the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office and East Baton Rouge Parish Emergency Medical Services for the wrongful death of his son.

The man was booked on disturbing the peace charges, and died after thirteen days in jail. He was a diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic. Allegedly, once the man's father realized he was in jail instead of a medical facility, he called the jail and informed officers of the man's mental health history. According to the complaint, the man had allegedly become physically combative to some of the jailers, and was beaten and strapped into a chair. Allegedly, the length of time in the chair and lack of care resulted in severe infection due to his wounds and bodily excretions. The man's father is charging the sheriff's office and emergency medical services with gross negligence resulting in wrongful death.

In Missouri, if a chief administrative officer has reasonable cause to believe an offender needs care in a mental hospital, the officer must certify the offender's transfer to a state mental hospital. The issues within the prison and jail system regarding offenders needing mental health care has been hotly debated in recent years.

Wrongful death claims can be the most difficult types of cases to litigate. These cases are often very emotionally charged, and it takes a skilled practitioner to put emotion aside and make the best arguments for the family of the victim. However, that attorney has to be emotionally invested in the case as well. The family of attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth, LLC have experience with wrongful death cases and can help you recover the judgment you deserve. Please call (314) 436-9958 or (800) 391-4318 for a no-obligation consultation regarding your potential case.

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