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Civil/Human Rights - Verdict in favor of Plaintiff in the amount of US$1,500,000

Case Name: Patrick Russell et al v. County of Orange et al
Case Number: 8:2017cv00125
Verdict Date:  
Outcome Type Settlement
Court: US District Court for the Central District of California

Plaintiff's Complaint:
Wrongful death

Injury, Damage, or Loss:
Wrongful death

Defendant's Wrongdoing:

The family of a jail inmate who died in 2016 while in custody is suing Orange County, alleging the facility’s medical staff ignored symptoms of a fatal heart condition.

Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens and jail medical personnel are also named as defendants in the wrongful death complaint filed recently on behalf  of Patrick John Russell’s estate.

Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Carrie Braun declined Tuesday to comment on the pending litigation.

Russell, 30, was housed at the James A. Musick jail facility in Irvine for a misdemeanor probation violation.

From Jan. 23, 2016 until his death on Jan. 24, 2016, Russell continually complained to jail staff he was suffering from chest pains and was extremely ill, according to the suit.

“Toward the tail end of his life, (he) begged out of desperation for urgent medical care,” the complaint says. “All of the defendants knew there was substantial risk to Patrick’s health if he went untreated, but repeatedly denied him appropriate medical treatment.”

Plaintiff's Attorneys:
Cameron Sehat

Defendant's Attorneys:

Douglas F. McCormick
Josephine L. Staton

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Published on Mar-20-24


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