pexels-ron-lach-10475008Inmate Michael Posadamunoz, 31, Died Following Medical Emergency At Los Angeles County Jail

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (February 25, 2024) – A 31-year-old inmate identified as Michael Posadamunoz has tragically died while staying at the Men’s Central Jail.

Los Angeles County officials are saying that the incident took place on Friday. Corrections officers noticed that Michael Posadamunoz was in medical distress.

Medical staff were called to the scene in order to help the inmate. Sadly, Michael Posadamunoz later died at the jail.

His cause of death was listed as heart disease.

Liability For Los Angeles County Inmate Deaths

Heart disease remains one of the leading causes of inmate deaths in the United States. According to the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, “Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death among individuals incarcerated, and those recently released have a higher risk of being hospitalized and dying of cardiovascular disease compared with the general population, even after accounting for differences in racial identity and socioeconomic status.” Jails should take a number of measures to prevent inmates from dying from heart disease.

  • Inmates should get a thorough health screening when they are first admitted.
  • Inmates should get all the medications that they need.
  • Inmates should be given an opportunity to exercise every day.
  • Inmates should receive periodic wellness checks.

Jails have a legal obligation to provide inmates with adequate care for all of their medical conditions. Despite this, inmates in LA and across the United States have continuously been subjected to subpar medical care. For example, inmates diagnosed with sepsis were nearly three times more likely to die than non-inmates. A jail may have failed to give an inmate proper care in many different ways.

  • Jail officials may have ignored the obvious signs an inmate was in medical distress.
  • Jail officials may have failed to give an inmate antibiotics or some other medication.
  • Jail officials may have failed to put an inmate through medical detoxification.

Jails can be incredibly dangerous and difficult places to live, even in the best of circumstances. Both prisons and jails are supposed to be proactive about keeping inmates healthy. But far too often, this does not take place. Corrections officers will often wait until an inmate is in medical distress before they will bother helping. The family of any person who died in jail 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 Michael Posadamunoz. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened. The sheer number of extremely young inmates dying across LA County jails remains deeply concerning.

Do you need more information about an inmate’s death at the Men’s Central Jail? Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to help you. We care deeply that inmates are aware of their rights and that jails are upholding constitutional standards. 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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