pexels-pixabay-236380Six Inmates, Two Correctional Officers Hospitalized After Being Exposed To Toxic Substance At Century Regional Detention Facility In Lynwood

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (June 6, 2024) – Six inmates were hospitalized due to toxic substance exposure at the all-women Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood.

Los Angeles County officials are saying that the incident took place around 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday. A total of six female inmates and two jailers were exposed to an unknown toxin.

Los Angeles County Fire personnel were called to the scene in order to help the victims. They were given medical treatment and transported to a local hospital for additional care.

A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For Los Angeles County Inmate Injuries

Far too many inmates are injured or killed every year due to unsafe living conditions. Inmates at Los Angeles County jails have it particularly bad. According to the Vera Institute, “People are chained to tables by jail staff, endure filthy living conditions, and sometimes do not even receive clothing. The county has also failed to adequately staff its jails with mental health care providers; in February 2023, 44 percent of jail mental health staff positions were vacant.” There are many different potential sources of chemical exposure in a prison setting.

  • Prisons are supposed to be cleaned regularly, and inmates may become ill from harsh chemical agents.
  • Inmates can also become ill due to exposure to pesticides.
  • Many prisons have vocational programs where inmates might work with dangerous chemicals.
  • Inmates may become ill from exposure to fertilizers and other chemicals used in farming.

All jails have a legal obligation to protect inmates from reasonably foreseeable sources of harm. This includes protecting inmates from dangerous substances. If a jail is deliberately indifferent to helping the serious medical needs of an inmate, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. It is important that certain steps be taken after any inmate injury.

  • Medical records related to the injury should be preserved.
  • Surveillance footage should be sought.
  • The circumstances leading up to the injury should be understood.
  • An experienced civil rights attorney should be contacted.

Many of the injuries associated with chemical exposure may not be immediately obvious. This is why it is so important to get regular medical checkups after any instance of exposure to a toxin. Sadly, though, jails will often do everything in their power to deny responsibility for any inmate injury. Any person who is injured in a jail setting may have legal recourse through a civil claim.

Investigating Los Angeles County Inmate Injuries

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our best wishes to all of the inmates and correctional officers injured at the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood. It is our sincere hope that everyone is able to make a full recovery. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what went wrong so that similar incidents can be prevented.

Have you or someone that you care about been injured at the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood? You may have legal recourse. Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that inmates get the support and justice that they are entitled to under the law. 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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