Our firm recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio (CCNO) and its medical staff after an investigation revealed that CCNO deliberately withheld lifesaving medical care to 28-year-old Chavis Martinez. Despite being aware that Mr. Martinez was a Type I insulin dependent diabetic, CCNO withheld insulin from him and continued to do so over the course of approximately one week until he collapsed, went into a coma, and died.
Now, a second death case has come forward involving the same abusive behavior from CCNO medical staff. In this case, CCNO medical staff were made aware that a 39-year-old inmate
had serious cardiac issues, required extensive medication, was implanted with a defibrillator, and had a pacemaker that was actively monitored by his cardiac care team at the University of Michigan. CCNO represented to the Court that it was well-equipped to provide medical care to the inmate during his short sentence. Despite this representation, medical records and daily journal entries reveal CCNO repeatedly disregarded his care and pleas for his for medications and failed to medically monitor him. As a result of CCNO’s conduct and failures, our client repeatedly suffered cardiac events, with the last one resulting in his death on the very last day of his sentence. He leaves behind his wife and two school-aged children.
“Our firm has the greatest respect for law enforcement and medical professionals,” says attorney Wes Merillat. “Most willingly risk their own well-being for the health and safety of others. But when an officer or medical provider betray their position, they betray public trust and dishonor their profession. That is what CCNO and its medical staff have done and it is our intent to hold them accountable.”