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RivCo Jail Death Reported After Inmate Found Unresponsive In Cell


Oct 26, 2018

Riverside County Authorities Investigate Death at RivCo Jail After Inmate Was Found Unresponsive In Cell

 RIVERSIDE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA (October 25, 2018) An inmate has tragically died after the staff at the RivCo Jail found him in his cell.

Authorities in Riverside have not yet released the name of the inmate that died. The inmate was found in his cell around 8:00 p.m. on October 15.

Jail staff began administering CPR to the victim upon finding him unresponsive in his cell. An investigation into the death remains ongoing at this time.

Causes Of Inmate Deaths

Inmates die for a number of different reasons. Unfortunately, suicide is the leading cause of death at local jails. This is followed by heart disease and other illnesses. By contrast, cancer is the leading cause of death at federal prisons. Below is a graph listing leading causes of death at local county jails between 2000 – 2014.

Depending on a variety of factors, the family of an inmate that died while in jail may have the ability to file a claim for damages. A wrongful death attorney can investigate the facts of your case and let you know what your rights are.

Liability In Inmate Deaths

Jail staff have a responsibility to provide prison inmates with reasonably adequate healthcare. When jail staff are deliberately indifferent to an inmate’s serious medical needs they may face civil liability if an inmate dies. A number of deaths occur at local jails when an inmate is intoxicated or going through withdrawal. If an inmate isn’t treated right away the consequences can be fatal. An inmate’s family may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering.

Getting Help From A Wrongful Death Attorney

If someone that you love has died due to the neglect of jail staff you may have legal recourse. The personal injury attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers are here to help you with whatever you need. We can investigate your case and let you know what your rights are. We’ve been helping families across California for over 40 years. Whether you just have questions about your rights or are looking to get more information about your accident we can help. You can reach us anytime by calling  (888) 888-9285.

 Sources:

  1. Renee Schiavone. RivCo Jail Inmate Found ‘Unresponsive,’ Dies. October 24, 2018
  2. Nolo. Damages in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit. 2018

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