Skip to comments.Inmate's untreated, fatal stroke results in $1 million settlement by Hillsborough sheriff [Tampa]
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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This what happens when you transition from protect and serve into revenue agents.
this is what happens when you are stasi
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>
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.
I’m surprised they only got a million bucks
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.
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.
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?
“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 $200,000.”
You are right about that, Madam.
Revenue collector$ only care about ONE thing.
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.
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
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.
Wasn’t Hillary Clinton having strokes like this? She can’t pass the physical to be the President. Sorry, but that’s a fact.
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.
Probably all that was left in the budget.
“I dont 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.
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.
He was lucky they did not shoot him.
I live in this county. Boy this gives me a nice warm fuzzy feeling.
The cop on the scene should be fired He could evaluate a man who couldn’t speak or move his left hand.
Since “sudden confusion or trouble understanding” can be a symptom. . . I was wondering how one might be able to self-diagnose and call 911?
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.
What if he had a dog with him?
"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."
With a sad article like the one above, it’s nice to hear a good report. Thanks.
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.
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.
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
Hold cops personally accountable? Hah! That simply does not happen.
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.
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...
-——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...
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.
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.
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.
two aspirin will do wonders if chewed early on
It just would not have been the dog’s day, would it?
If he hasn’t already been, he will be promoted.
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.
Opps,make that family member.
Amen! At one time, I was a staunch supporter and defender of law enforcement officers.
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.
Pity the same rule doesn't always apply to setting alimony...
No it is not rationed .Its available and used often but its only used for
Certain types of strokes .
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.