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Inmate's untreated, fatal stroke results in $1 million settlement by Hillsborough sheriff [Tampa]
Tampa Bay Times ^ | July 6, 2013 | Peter Jamison

Posted on 07/28/2013 3:59:48 PM PDT by deks

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and the private company that provides medical care to county prisoners paid $1 million in a wrongful-death settlement this year to the children of a Tampa man who spent approximately 36 hours in jail without treatment while suffering a fatal stroke.

Allen Daniel Hicks Sr., 51, was found stopped in his car on the side of Interstate 275 by a sheriff's deputy and a Florida Highway Patrol trooper the morning of May 11, 2012. Passers-by had called 911 after they saw Hicks' Chevy Cavalier swerving west into a guardrail, records of the incident show.

Speaking incoherently and unable to move his left arm, Hicks was arrested on a charge of obstructing a law enforcement officer when he did not respond to commands to exit his car. Just after noon, he was booked into the Orient Road Jail.

Hicks did not receive a medical screening, but was put in a cell where he lay facedown on the floor or tried to crawl using the one working side of his body. On the night of May 12, soaked in his own urine, his brain choked of blood, he was at last taken to Tampa General Hospital and diagnosed with an ischemic stroke. He slipped into a coma and died within three months.

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KEYWORDS: arrest; deathincustody; donutwatch; police; stroke; wrongfuldeath
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Know the signs and symptoms of stroke.

Spot A Stroke

1 posted on 07/28/2013 3:59:48 PM PDT by deks
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To: deks

This what happens when you transition from protect and serve into revenue agents.


2 posted on 07/28/2013 4:03:50 PM PDT by BipolarBob
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To: BipolarBob

this is what happens when you are stasi


3 posted on 07/28/2013 4:08:58 PM PDT by bigheadfred (INFIDEL)
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To: BipolarBob
This what happens when you transition from protect and serve into revenue agents.

Still, the revenue agents should receive enough training to recognize that a stroke victim is an expense rather than a source of revenue and stick him in a hospital before booking him and risk getting stuck with either the medical or lawsuit bill. < /I wish it was sarcasm>

4 posted on 07/28/2013 4:10:56 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (This message has been recorded but not approved by Obama's StasiNet. Read it at your peril.)
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To: deks

This is crazy. I don’t know why the people who provide medical attention at the jail got sued, The Ambulance should have been called at the accident scene.

The arresting officer must be a mental deficient.

I see about ten people in the video, they all should be looking for anew job.


5 posted on 07/28/2013 4:15:26 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: deks

I’m surprised they only got a million bucks


6 posted on 07/28/2013 4:15:43 PM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: deks
Speaking incoherently and unable to move his left arm, Hicks was arrested on a charge of obstructing a law enforcement officer when he did not respond to commands to exit his car.

I'd hope that if I suffered a stroke while driving and was forced to stop, a police officer might help me - I seem to remember some TV motto about "protect and serve". But apparently you're expected to obey all "commands" issued by police even if you're having a stroke or risk being thrown in a jail cell to crawl face down for days. Gross incompetence - of course it's not fair to judge all law enforcement by such stories, but there are far too many such stories about police who seem to think their job is to "command" and intimidate instead of serving and protecting.
7 posted on 07/28/2013 4:18:39 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: KarlInOhio; BipolarBob

I was headed for work one morning and there was a car weaving towards me followed by a cop. I pulled over and waited. They finally went off my side of the road and stopped on the adjacent railroad embankment up by the tracks. The cop jumped out of his car and went running up to the driver door. He pulled his night stick and was catching some serious air jumping up and swinging down trying to break the drivers window, he tried several times. Then he tried the door. And pulled the guy out and cuffed him. I found out later the driver was having a seizure.


8 posted on 07/28/2013 4:23:17 PM PDT by bigheadfred (INFIDEL)
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To: deks

Reminds me of the quadriplegic in Ceorgia who got dumped out his wheelchair because he “refused” the jailer’s command to stand up. No, I’m not joking.


9 posted on 07/28/2013 4:23:17 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: deks

The laws need to be changed! The bar for charging “obstruction of a law enforcement officer” needs to be raised. Make the charge much harder to apply and make the LEO personally responsible if the charge is dismissed, for any reason. It is being used by LEO’s whenever they can’t trump up some other more plausible charge. They need to be held responsible. Sue a few of them and the rest will not be so cavalier. Need I say Consent of the governed?


10 posted on 07/28/2013 4:27:14 PM PDT by mistfree (Their & There, they're not the same)
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To: deks

“There is no doubt in my mind,” [the Sheriff’s Office attorney] wrote, “that if plaintiff’s claims were presented to a jury, plaintiff would receive a judgment against HCSO in amounts that far exceed $200,000.”

You are right about that, Madam.


11 posted on 07/28/2013 4:31:57 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: jocon307

Revenue collector$ only care about ONE thing.


12 posted on 07/28/2013 4:36:45 PM PDT by bicyclerepair (Inbred, pedophile-worshipping, misogynists (mozlums) offend me.)
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To: deks

Hate to say this, but nice cluster of white people watching a sick black man and doing nothing.

Recently in town we had a similar case - elderly white woman couldn’t drive, couldn’t get out of the car. She had the good sense to have a seizure then and there so we could see she was really sick. Except that everyone, police and EMTs assumed she was sick from the start and treated her well.

Peer pressure - someone decides the guy is malingering and everyone goes along with it. The paramedics and nurses - I would not want to be them, either to have this on my conscience, or to have my license deservedly at risk.

Diabetic emergencies are another illness that get mistaken for intoxication or “non-compliance” resulting in failing to treat and death.


13 posted on 07/28/2013 4:37:05 PM PDT by heartwood
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To: y'all
It's good to remember these warning signs in case someone is beginning to have a stroke, as time lost before treatment can mean increased loss of brain function.

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Face Drooping – Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person's smile uneven?

Arm Weakness - Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

Speech Difficulty – Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like "The sky is blue." Is the sentence repeated correctly?

Time to call 9-1-1 – If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get the person to the hospital immediately. Check the time so you'll know when the first symptoms appeared.

Other Signs and Symptoms of Stroke You Should Know


14 posted on 07/28/2013 4:45:20 PM PDT by deks ("...the battle...liberty against the overreach of the federal government" Ken Cuccinelli)
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To: deks

SAME EXACT THING HAPPENED TO MY DAD! He was just coasting on the highway and the cops tapped him into a ditch. He was unresponsive and they assumed he was drunk. Thank GOD one of the cops was not an idiot and called an ambulance and it saved his life.


15 posted on 07/28/2013 4:48:48 PM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: deks

Wasn’t Hillary Clinton having strokes like this? She can’t pass the physical to be the President. Sorry, but that’s a fact.


16 posted on 07/28/2013 4:54:01 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Slings and Arrows
Reminds me of the quadriplegic in Ceorgia who got dumped out his wheelchair because he “refused” the jailer’s command to stand up. No, I’m not joking.

This is the same jail. This is also the same sheriff's dept. that beat a woman in the hospital parking lot for speeding. Her father was inside after a heart attack and she pulled her car forward while the idiot deputy was on his car radio after stopping her. The deputy sergeant arrived, watched and never intervened. The woman was desperate to see her father in the emergency room.

17 posted on 07/28/2013 4:54:09 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: RightGeek
I’m surprised they only got a million bucks

Probably all that was left in the budget.

18 posted on 07/28/2013 5:05:04 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: Venturer

“I don’t know why the people who provide medical attention at the jail got sued...”

Because they didn’t do their job, which was to screen incoming prisoners. Anybody who looked into that cell and saw him in distress should be fired, sued, and prosecuted.


19 posted on 07/28/2013 5:05:41 PM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: deks

I had the exact type of stroke a year ago,arm and speech.

Of course I got immediate care and that made all the difference in the world.


20 posted on 07/28/2013 5:08:32 PM PDT by Mears
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To: BipolarBob

He was lucky they did not shoot him.


21 posted on 07/28/2013 5:10:13 PM PDT by sport
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To: BerryDingle

I live in this county. Boy this gives me a nice warm fuzzy feeling.


22 posted on 07/28/2013 5:10:18 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: PLMerite

The cop on the scene should be fired He could evaluate a man who couldn’t speak or move his left hand.


23 posted on 07/28/2013 5:18:25 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Mears

Since “sudden confusion or trouble understanding” can be a symptom. . . I was wondering how one might be able to self-diagnose and call 911?


24 posted on 07/28/2013 5:21:54 PM PDT by deks ("...the battle...liberty against the overreach of the federal government" Ken Cuccinelli)
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To: autumnraine
A guy at work came into his shift last week, and he seemed a bit "off". During the first ten minutes of his shift he was doing things in the wrong order and with one arm down. When we spoke with him he was confused about anything you asked him.

We saw it as a stroke and called for an ambulance. By the time he got to the hospital his speech is gone and his one side is mostly paralyzed. They don't know if it will become permanent. He was 52.

25 posted on 07/28/2013 5:22:28 PM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: sport

What if he had a dog with him?


26 posted on 07/28/2013 5:23:38 PM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: RightGeek
From the story...they should have gone to court:

"There is no doubt in my mind," she wrote, "that if plaintiff's claims were presented to a jury, plaintiff would receive a judgment against HCSO in amounts that far exceed $200,000."

27 posted on 07/28/2013 5:24:48 PM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: autumnraine

With a sad article like the one above, it’s nice to hear a good report. Thanks.


28 posted on 07/28/2013 5:29:28 PM PDT by deks ("...the battle...liberty against the overreach of the federal government" Ken Cuccinelli)
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To: blackdog

If you catch a stroke within three hours there is a drug option which will reverse the impact.

Dependence on the type of stroke but there is a three hour window.


29 posted on 07/28/2013 5:39:03 PM PDT by ncalburt ( Amnesty media out in full force)
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To: deks

Don’t anyone make the mistake of thinking that strokes only happen to old people. I know someone who had one when he was in his 20s.


30 posted on 07/28/2013 5:43:56 PM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: deks

I’m pretty sure this was the same police dept. that used a hood on a guy and then pepper sprayed the hood. Ends up he is off of his meds. The police leave the hood on the man and continue to spray him while he is handcuffed to a chair. He eventually dies. It’s in the court system now to find out who is at fault for his death, several were involved. Some scary cops out there


31 posted on 07/28/2013 5:44:19 PM PDT by midway1 (Inside every liberal is an American trying to get out)
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To: Venturer

Hold cops personally accountable? Hah! That simply does not happen.


32 posted on 07/28/2013 5:51:20 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Venturer

From the article:

“attorneys for his estate say he was examined at the scene by paramedics who “found no medical problems.” The paramedics nevertheless suggested Hicks be transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation, according to the complaint.”

So many to blame for this fiasco.


33 posted on 07/28/2013 5:52:25 PM PDT by T Wayne (If you know how many guns you have, you don't have enough!!!)
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To: RightGeek

Where was his family during those 36 hrs? Did they know he was in jail? And i am curious as to why he had a suspended license in the past? So sad... poor guy...


34 posted on 07/28/2013 5:54:13 PM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: driftdiver

-——I live in this county. Boy this gives me a nice warm fuzzy feeling.-——

I do as well.....I read the entire article..... Sadly I am not surprised at all something like happened...

The quality of our LEO and their agencies sure has gone downhill in the last 20 years...


35 posted on 07/28/2013 6:03:25 PM PDT by JZoback
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To: JZoback

There are 6 cops who live in my immediate neighborhood. One of them will say hi, the rest won’t even wave or say hi when you pass them. Including the one who lives right behind me.

Our house was broken into a while back. The one that says hi later stopped and asked me about it. He said he assumed it was a felony arrest and wasn’t happy to hear it was a burglary.

how times have changed.


36 posted on 07/28/2013 6:07:03 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: ncalburt
"If you catch a stroke within three hours there is a drug option which will reverse the impact."

And I'm reasonably confident that access to such a drug will be rationed under Obamacare. If you're over 50 or not affiliated with any union, community organizing group, political office, or be a member of the LGBT bunch, you'll be getting a more holistic course of treatment.

37 posted on 07/28/2013 6:08:39 PM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: JZoback
"The quality of our LEO and their agencies sure has gone downhill in the last 20 years..".

Depends on who's point of view one takes. Positive community relations among the local police and it's citizenry is a scary thing if you run a central planning government.

38 posted on 07/28/2013 6:12:03 PM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: blackdog

two aspirin will do wonders if chewed early on


39 posted on 07/28/2013 6:14:34 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Travon... Felony assault and battery hate crime)
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To: deks
When you think the so-called parents of St. Skittles received a $1million settlement for their ‘loss’ (once they noticed it), this hardly seems enough for this poor man's family.
40 posted on 07/28/2013 6:17:34 PM PDT by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: blackdog

It just would not have been the dog’s day, would it?


41 posted on 07/28/2013 6:19:57 PM PDT by sport
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To: Venturer

If he hasn’t already been, he will be promoted.


42 posted on 07/28/2013 6:22:45 PM PDT by sport
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To: Venturer

If a family were treated by the police like this guy was treated,there would be no law suit.The price would be paid in blood.


43 posted on 07/28/2013 6:28:40 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Farmer Dean

Opps,make that family member.


44 posted on 07/28/2013 6:29:42 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: JZoback

Amen! At one time, I was a staunch supporter and defender of law enforcement officers.


45 posted on 07/28/2013 6:30:28 PM PDT by sport
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To: PLMerite

Not much of an excuse for this these days. There are very famous court cases where LEOs have used force against people having a diabetic episode. It has been integrated into lots of different levels of training.


46 posted on 07/28/2013 6:32:05 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: BradyLS
Probably all that was left in the budget.

Pity the same rule doesn't always apply to setting alimony...

47 posted on 07/28/2013 6:43:45 PM PDT by null and void (You don't know what "cutting edge" means till you insult Mohammed.)
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To: deks
Thank you, deks. I knew some of that. Knowing more is a good thing.
48 posted on 07/28/2013 6:45:06 PM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: blackdog

No it is not rationed .Its available and used often but its only used for
Certain types of strokes .


49 posted on 07/28/2013 6:45:18 PM PDT by ncalburt ( Amnesty media out in full force)
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To: USNBandit

Slightly, very slightly more understandable. Unlike a stroke victim, a diabetic may have a soured fruit smell that could conceivable be mistaken for the odor of alcohol on their breath.


50 posted on 07/28/2013 6:50:19 PM PDT by null and void (You don't know what "cutting edge" means till you insult Mohammed.)
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