According to the Eighth Amendment to the U.S Constitution, incarcerated individuals have a right to receive health care and treatment.
They are required to take reasonable measures to insure the health and safety of the imprisoned. This right was egregiously violated by the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio in the case of 28-year-old Chavis Martinez. Our firm is seeking justice for his family, who are left reeling in the wake of unspeakable cruelty.
Questions surrounding this egregious case inspired a recent editorial in the Toledo Blade.
About the Case
When Mr. Martinez arrived at CCNO, staff were informed that he was a Type 1 diabetic who required insulin on a daily basis in order to maintain normal bodily function. From the time he entered the jail on February 4th, to the time he passed away on February 11th, Mr. Martinez received only one dose of insulin. His pleas for medical attention and help fell on deaf ears. It wasn’t until Mr. Martinez was completely unresponsive in his cell that he was taken to a hospital, and by then, nothing could be done.
The wrongful death lawsuit we filed against CCNO determined and/or knew that Mr. Martinez suffered from a serious life-threating medical condition when he arrived at the detention facility and purposely disregarded his condition and needed care, causing him to suffer and die.
It isn’t yet clear why medical attention was denied when such a serious medical issue was made apparent upon Mr. Martinez’s admittance to the correctional facility, and why medical staff belonging to Southern Health Partners disregarded his health and wellbeing to such a degree.
There is no reason that can excuse the suffering and pain Mr. Martinez was subjected to, and we will ensure that his family receives justice on his behalf.
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Our firm investigates and brings legal action against individuals and organizations who violate civil rights laws. If you have suffered serious injury by law enforcement violating your civil rights, contact us to see how we might be able to help.