Oregon Jail Inmate Died After Seeking Help 19 Times

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For more than five hours, a Yamhill County, Or.,  Jail inmate writhed in pain on his mattress, clutched his side, walked 19 times to the door to press an intercom button for help and urinated blood in the toilet inside his cell, but no one came to help Jed Hawk Myers before he died, The Oregonian reports. Myers had been moved to a medical cell on May 27, 2015, after he was assaulted by two other inmates in his general population cell. He appeared disoriented with what looked like a dislocated shoulder and complained of pain to his side, jail guards noticed.

After an initial check from a medical technician, no nurse, doctor, deputy or anyone monitoring the medical cell from a surveillance room came back into Myers’ cell to check on him until he fell to the floor beside his bed and appeared to stop breathing, jail video and court reports show. He died alone about 1 a.m. on May 28, 2015, the day of his expected release from custody on a probation and post-prison supervision violation. Yesterday, Myers’ estate filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Yamhill County, its jail guards and medical staff, alleging they denied basic medical care to Myers and that their negligence led to his wrongful death. The suit seeks at least $12 million in economic and non-economic damages, as well as unspecified punitive damages. Jail staff ignored “all the obvious and horrific symptoms that were plainly visible on the monitor for over five hours,” said attorney Matthew Kaplan.

 

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