People who are convicted of crimes should be punished. Our American legal system is dependent on assigning punitive fees and jail time to those who choose to disobey our laws or put other people in danger. It is our legal obligation to detain people who pose a threat to society at large. Yet, just because someone is a nuisance does not mean that they are not human. Our Phoenix Wrongful Death Attorneys at Lorona Mead believe that everyone deserves basic human rights regardless of who they are, where they are, or what they did. Unfortunately, not everyone feels or acts in this way. In fact, there are some who refuse to treat others as human and it can result in injury or, worse, death.

The Story of Torres

Phoenix is known for its commitment to keeping a safe community. Felix Torres was riding his bike in the wrong direction when a police officer pulled him over. After speaking with Torres it was discovered that there was a warrant out for his arrest for failing to show up in court for driving without a license. Because of this, he was searched and the officers found drug paraphilia on him. Torres was arrested and taken to jail.  

While in jail, he was taken to the County Medical Center for severe stomach pains. Torres told the doctors that he suffered from ulcer problems, but the doctors suggested that he had a hernia. They gave him an injection of a drug that would help the hernia but is strictly not given to patients with ulcer problems. Unsurprisingly, Torres’s issues worsened while he was back in jail. Over and over again he asked and yelled for help. He cried and begged for the detention officers to take him back to the hospital. The detention officers denied him. They spoke to him in crude language and told him to go back to sleep.

The next morning Torres was dead. Had he received the medical care he was yelling for Torres would still be alive today. The mother of Torres filed a wrongful death suit and was awarded $1 million in a settlement. The original number was closer to $3.5 million. The attorney of the Torres family did not speak about the settlement. No amount of money can bring a loved one back. Torres may have broken some laws, but that doesn’t mean he deserved to be denied basic health care. He did not deserve to die due to the negligence of medical and prison workers.

What To Do

Wrongful Death suits are challenging because you have to relive the moment over and over again. As a family member, you have to open the wounds of your loved one’s death in order to fight for justice. Our Phoenix Wrongful Death Attorneys at Lorona Mead are ready to fight for your loved one. No one should die due to the negligence or willfulness of someone or some party. Call 602-554-0006 or click here to start your journey to success with a free case evaluation at Lorona Mead in Phoenix today.