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SACRAMENTO: Marshall Miles Died At Hospital After Being Taken From Jail


Nov 6, 2018

Marshall Miles Death: Inmate Died After Suffering Medical Emergency While Being Booked Into Jail Following Arrest

 SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA (November 6, 2018) A 36-year-old man identified as Marshall Miles has tragically died after suffering medical complications while being booked for jail.

The 36-year-old inmate was taken to the jail on suspicion of vandalism. Officers believe that he may have been intoxicated. He was reportedly jumping on cars and behaving erratically.

Police are saying that Marshall Miles was uncooperative while being booked. The victim stopped breathing after he was placed in a cell and he was taken to the hospital. Court records should a CT scan was performed hours after the victim’s death.

Those records indicate that the victim suffered from a global hypoxic anoxic injury. There is an ongoing investigation into the death of Marshall Miles.

Liability In Inmate Deaths

Unfortunately, deaths in county jails are quite common. Suicide is the leading cause of inmate death. But inmates also die due to receiving inadequate medical care. All inmates in county jails and federal prisons have a constitutional right to receive adequate health care. Jail officials are supposed to be trained to recognize when an inmate is experiencing medical distress. Far too often crucial signs are overlooked. According to the Headway Brain Injury Association, a global hypoxic anoxic injury occurs when there is insufficient oxygen flowing to a person’s brain. There are a number of causes for cerebral hypoxia including:

  • Drug overdose

  • Very severe asthma attack

  • Irregular heart rhythm

  • Electric shock

  • Cardiac or respiratory arrest

  • Very low blood pressure

When a jail is deliberately indifferent to an inmate’s serious medical needs they may face civil liability if an inmate is injured or dies. Inmate neglect cases can often be very complex, require extensive discovery and the eye of a well trained attorney. A wrongful death lawyer can examine the specific facts of your case and let you know what your rights are.

Preserving Your Rights After An Inmate Death

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our condolences to the family of Marshall Miles as they are grieving this incredible loss. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened. It would be deeply unfortunate if another family has to suffer through something similar. It’s important that police and jail officials are trained in order to be able to recognize when an inmate is experiencing medical distress.

If someone that you love has died while in police custody you may have legal recourse. Our team of highly experienced personal injury attorneys can examine your case and let you know what your rights are. We focus exclusively on personal injury law and are here for you. Whether you are trying to get more information about your case or just have questions about your rights we can help. You can reach us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

 Sources:

  1. SFC. Man dies after being taken to hospital from California jail. November 5, 2018.
  2. Ephrat Livni. Inmate Wrongful Deaths: Suing for Neglect or Abuse in Jail or Prison. November 5, 2018.

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