The daughter of a 49-year-old immigrant detainee who died after an infection overwhelmed his body has filed a federal civil lawsuit accusing officials at House of Correction and its privately run infirmary of gross negligence leading to his death. The claim seeks unspecified damages in the death of shuttle driver who was in jail fighting deportation to the Dominican Republic. As a Maryland lawyer I review these types of cases for potential liability of the correctional facilities and state actors in pursuing claims on behalf of familys aggrieved by such misconduct.
In the lawsuit,his daughter accuses jail and infirmary officials of reckless neglect, saying her father “died from a heart attack caused by a massive infection that the defendants failed to properly treat.” The lawsuit, which alleges civil rights violations and medical malpractice, cites a federal report last year that said jail officials waited too long to take the victim to the hospital, allowing the infection to spread. His death triggered protests from advocates for immigrants and others concerned about detainees’ care.