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Florida Family Sues Volusia County and Prison Health Services Inc. for Wrongful Death

The family members of 43-year-old Florida resident Ronald Wadsworth have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Volusia County, Prison Health Services Inc., and psychiatrist Dr. David Hager. Ronald—called Ronnie—passed away at an Ormond Beach nursing home on June 30. Ronnie was mentally retarded. He also had Parkinson’s disease. His condition had deteriorated by the time he was released from Volusia County Branch Jail a few months later and sent to Avante, a nursing home in Ormond Beach. The lawsuit claims that Ronnie Wadsworth did not get the proper medical care that he needed while incarcerated. Family members say that his condition deteriorated a great deal while he was in jail. They say that he lost so much weight that he only weighed 100 pounds. He had many bedsores. They also say that Wadsworth did not get the medication he needed. The lawsuit says that the infection and ulcers he got as a result of the neglect are what killed him. Wadsworth was not able to complain about his physical illness because he was mentally ill. This is not the first lawsuit that has been filed against Volusia County Branch Jail because of the way it allegedly treats mentally and physically ill inmates. The jail is located on Red John Road off U.S. 92. Wadsworth was illiterate. He was arrested after he snuck out of a group home in May 2006 to masturbate while naked on a neighbor’s porch. Wadsworth was charged with burglary but released on bail when the Clear Path Group home promised to watch him more closely. Wadsworth was ordered to jail again after a neighbor took photographs of him climbing out of one of the home’s windows. A judge ordered Wadsworth to stay in jail until a better place could be found for him. The lawsuit is seeking unspecified damages from the county for numerous claims, including its negligent hiring of Prison Health Services staff members. In a wrongful death claim or lawsuit, there may be more than one party that can be held liable for your loved one’s death. In Florida, a deceased person’s surviving family members can file a wrongful death claim or lawsuit. “Surviving family members” can refer to the decedent’s husband, wife, mother, father, children, adoptive siblings, other blood relatives that were dependent on the decedent for services or support. Related Web Resources: Wrongful Death, Justia The Florida wrongful death law firm of The Law Office of John D. Ameen, P.A. would like to offer you a free consultation to explore your legal options. We know you are going through a very difficult time. We can provide you with high quality legal services while remaining sensitive to your needs. We have helped many grieving families recover compensation for the death of their loved ones. Contact The Law Office of John D. Ameen, P.A. today.

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