Los Angeles, CA (PressExposure) September 11, 2008 -- Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney David Drexler has won a $300,000 Wrongful Death settlement for the family of Luan Morales, a female inmate at the West Valley Detention Center in San Bernardino County, California after she bled to death in custody from a critical pregnancy complication. Both Morales and her seven month old fetus died after prison officials delayed contacting medical help until it was too late.
The facts of the Wrongful Death case concerns Morales, who was incarcerated during her pregnancy, was designated âhigh-riskâ in this Wrongful Death case. However, Personal Injury Attorney Drexler said she was not transferred to the high risk âUnit 15' nor were there proper communications between the physicians at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center who treat pregnant inmates. The emergency was reported at 3:15 a.m. No medical attention was delivered and, incredibly, no ambulance was even summoned until 4:24, over an hour later.
Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney Drexler maintained that prison officials were responsible for the Wrongful Death after not only failing to provide Morales with proper medical attention due to her high-risk pregnancy, but in causing a fatal and negligent delay in responding to Morale's hemorrhaging due to placenta percreta.
Making the Wrongful Death case more serious concerned a series of bumbling delays including no call for back up by the attending deputy. Instead the deputy pushed the button on Luan Moralesâs jail cell for her to exit on her own, which she was unable to do. When a deputy finally brought a gurney to Moralesâs cell, he transported her to the wrong place causing further delay. When he finally got her to the clinic, the deputy wasted more time examining her before performing CPR before calling an ambulance.
No physician was attending at the clinic that night and the deputy on duty claimed she was busy logging in new female inmates at the time of the emergency. Nor was there any life-saving equipment on site for such an emergency. Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney, Drexler, asserted that the Wrongful Death was a direct result of the deputies on duty failure to respond, violating the West Valley Detention Centerâs own written policies and resulting in the Wrongful Death filing.
Personal Injury Attorney Drexlerâs contention that negligent delays, lack of medical personnel and a breakdown in communication led to Moralesâs Wrongful Death was answered by the plaintiffâs simple if cold claim that they were not responsible for the bringing about Moralesâs death. Mediator Viggo Boserup of JAMS in Santa Monica, found for the plaintiffâs two orphaned children, Angel Rojas and Anthoney Llanes in the amount of $300,000.