Inmate Jose Serrano, 44, Died Following Medical Emergency At Los Angeles County Jail

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (December 3, 2023) – A 44-year-old inmate identified as Jose Serrano has tragically died while staying at a Los Angeles County jail.

Los Angeles County officials are saying that the incident took place on Monday. Correctional officers noticed that Jose Serrano was in medical distress.

He was taken to the hospital in order to receive more extensive care. Despite life-saving measures, Jose Serrano was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The County of Los Angeles Medical Examiner listed his manner of death as an “accident.” His cause of death was listed as “sequelae of end stage renal disease.”


Liability For Los Angeles County Inmate Deaths

Los Angeles has a long and sordid history with respect to the care that inmates are given.  According to Los Angeles Downtown News, “The Los Angeles County jail system, the largest in the world, has been experiencing recent increases in in-custody deaths. Since the start of the year, 25 inmates have died within one of LA’s nine facilities, the most recent being a 55-year-old man who died in his cell at Men’s Central Jail in Downtown on June 28.” There are many steps that jails should take to prevent in-custody deaths.

  • Jails should give all inmates a thorough health screening.
  • Jails should have policies and procedures which indicate when an inmate should be taken to the hospital.
  • Jails should have plenty of well-trained staff in the event of medical emergencies.

All jails must provide inmates with medical care for their conditions. This begins by giving inmates a thorough health screening when they are first admitted. When an inmate has an illness, they must receive all medications and treatments required to stay healthy. When a jail is deliberately indifferent to the serious medical needs of an inmate, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. Los Angeles County jails have failed to properly care for inmates in a number of ways.

  • There are reports that inmates have not receive proper mental healthcare.
  • There are reports that inmates have not been transported to hospitals during a serious illness.
  • There are reports inmates at risk of falling have not been properly cared for.

Jail deaths are often complex events. There is typically no one single factor that leads to a death. However, they are much more likely to occur at jails that are overcrowded and not following proper healthcare guidelines. It is important that inmates and their families understand their rights. The family of any person that died in custody may have legal recourse through a civil claim. A civil rights attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.


Investigating Los Angeles County Inmate Deaths

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Jose Serrano. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what went wrong. The number of deaths across Los Angeles County jails in recent months remains deeply concerning.

Do you need more information about a Los Angeles County inmate death? Our team of civil rights attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that inmates are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.


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