The mother of a man who died after receiving a mysterious injection while in police custody has filed a civil rights lawsuit in response to what she believes was her son’s wrongful death, according to a recent article in The Oregonian (citing the Salem Statesman-Journal).
The newspaper reports that the Lane County woman blames her son’s death on “deliberate indifference” on the part of prison officials. The 22-year-old died in May 2010 less than two weeks before his prison term was to end. He died, however, only a few hours after receiving a shot of what the suit describes as an “undetermined drug or toxin.”
According to the newspaper, the Oregon wrongful death suit alleges that in addition to administering the mysterious shot, officials ignored instructions concerning the victim’s medications and the fact that he had been diagnosed with a form of autism. The suit alleges that officers guarding the victim did not make the required regular checks of his cell, even after he attempted suicide roughly a month prior to his death. They also allegedly failed to administer necessary medications at the proper times, despite a memo from the “federal Bureau of Prisons” informing officials that the victim “had mental concerns.”
Prison officials have an obligation to provide humane treatment and necessary medical care to the inmates in their charge. Oregon wrongful death charges need to be considered, and examined thoroughly by our courts, when there is reason to believe they have failed to do so.
A significant problem for families struggling with grief in the wake of a loved-one’s death can often be gaining an understanding of the relevant laws. A Portland wrongful death attorney can help survivors take the first step, and act as a trusted advisor and guide as they navigate the unfamiliar world of the legal bureaucracy. Everyone deserves a day in court, but getting there can be a slow and intimidating process – one made easier with an Oregon wrongful death lawyer’s advice and assistance.
The Oregonian: Northwest News: Mom sues Oregon over prison death of disabled son