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$5.9M settlement approved for Los Angeles County Jail inmate who suffered brain injury while in custody

March 13, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
$5.9M settlement approved for Los Angeles County Jail inmate who suffered brain injury while in custody

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A Los Angeles County jail inmate has reportedly been awarded a $5.9 million settlement after he suffered a permanent brain injury while in custody.

Juan Isaac Garza, who is now 27-years-old, was incarcerated in the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in 2012 after he was charged with attempted murder.

However, even though supervisors were informed that Garza was diagnosed with schizophrenia years prior, he was not provided any medication, the Los Angeles Daily News reported..

While in custody, Garza attempted suicide by repeatedly falling backward to hit his head against the floor.

He was finally taken to a hospital with swelling in his brain forcing doctors to open his skull to relieve the pressure.

Garza’s father, Juan Garza, filed a negligence suit on behalf of his son in 2014, alleging sheriff’s deputies failed to carry out routine wellness checks every 15 minutes on an inmate who showed indications that we was trying to harming himself, which is the department’s policy.

The injuries Garza sustained left him confined to a wheelchair, and also made it challenging for him to take care of himself, according to Hermez Moreno, Garza’s lawyer.

“It’s hard to find justice in an amount of money when your life has been taken from you,” Moreno, said to the Los Angeles Daily News. “It’s hard to say, ‘Yay, we won,’ when everybody would rather he be walking, talking, running and laughing with no money than to live the rest of his life in a wheelchair.”

The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department contended that a lack of video surveillance and an inadequate plan for deputies to respond to inmates who are unconscious was to be blamed for the incident.

The settlement, which was passed on Tuesday by the county’s Board of Supervisors, will be funded from the budgets of the Sheriff’s Department and Department of Mental Health.

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