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UPDATE: Inmate John David Adena of Redding Died At Shasta County Jail


Sep 24, 2019

John Adena Shasta County Jail: Inmate John David Adena of Redding Died At Shasta County Jail

REDDING, CALIFORNIA (September 24, 2019) – A 31-year-old inmate from Redding identified as John David Adena has tragically died at the Shasta County Jail. 

Shasta County Jail authorities are saying that medical staff observed John David Adena experiencing medical distress in his cell around 5:45 a.m. Paramedics rushed John David Adena to the medical unit but he later became unresponsive. 

The victim is the second inmate to die at the Shasta County Jail in less than two weeks. Teddy Woodrow Abbie died in his cell on September 12th. 

An investigation into the death of both inmates remains ongoing at this time. 

Liability For Inmate Deaths

Correctional facilities have a legal responsibility to provide inmates with reasonably adequate medical care. Inmates should be properly monitored to make sure that they are healthy. If a correctional facility is deliberately indifferent to an inmate’s serious medical needs they could face civil liability. For example, correctional facilities often fail to give inmates proper medical care when they are having withdrawal symptoms. 

The family of any inmate that died at a correctional facility may have legal recourse through California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. Damages in a civil claim can help cover funeral expenses, lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. It’s important that evidence is preserved after an accident. Correctional facilities will often fight hard to deny liability when an inmate dies. A personal injury attorney can investigate your claim free of cost and get to the bottom of what happened. 

Investigating An Inmate Death At The Shasta County Jail

We at West Coast Trial lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of John David Adena. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened for the sake of all of those involved. Any person that may have knowledge about this incident should reach out to authorities. It is our sincere hope that the Shasta County Jail will implement measures to prevent additional incidents like this. 

Has someone that you love been harmed at the Shasta County Jail? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights so that they can make informed decisions. Whether you need a free, independent investigation into an accident or just have questions about the law we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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