Local Government Should Crack Down on Negligence Cases

All of us will eventually experience the pain and grief that comes with losing a loved one, and the grieving process is never easy. The last thing that anyone needs during this period is the additional feelings of anger that the death of their loved one could have been easily prevented, but wasn’t due to negligence on the part of a hospital or other institution that was supposed to ensure their safety. One family in Oceanside suffered this pain firsthand when their son died while locked in jail because health officials could not be bothered to provide adequate care.

According to this Newsday article from way back in 2015, a man named John Gleeson died while he was in Nassau County Jail awaiting trial on a burglary charge. The man suffered from a rare condition known as angioedema, a condition that causes severe swelling that can inhibit the victim’s ability to breathe. The family claims that the health officials at the jail knew about his conditioned and treated him for it, but all they did was give him medication and send him back to his cell without keeping an eye on him. The family claims the jail let him die, but police officers say they found no criminality when they investigated his death. Apparently, John Gleeson was already on his way to the hospital when he died after the jail called an ambulance for him, finding that he had collapsed. However, there are concerns about the Miami-based company that was contracted to provide medical care for the jail. A year after the contract began, the Commission of Correction found that this company was guilty of providing “grossly negligent health care” relating to the case of an inmate who had suffered a heart attack. Due to these claims, the family is looking to sue the county jail.

It is difficult for some people to feel empathetic in cases like these because the man who died was in jail and supposedly a criminal. Even so, they are United States citizens, and foremost a human being who deserves proper care, especially since his right to seek care for himself had been taken away. Thankfully there are personal injury lawyers who will fight for justice in wrongful death cases like these, like the Law Offices of Yvonne M. Fraser in Oceanside (though this is the Oceanside in California, not in Florida!) Even if it is determined that the jail tried their best to save John Gleeson, further investigation of the private companies governing the health care of this vulnerable population will make sure they maintain high standards of care.

Since this incident occurred back in 2015, hopefully the family has received closure concerning the death of their son. But the fact that the company was still allowed to provide health services even after they were found to be providing substandard care is worrying. Local governments need to crack down on these companies stop cutting corners in order to reduce costs.

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