Iowa jail seizure death lawsuit settled for $3.5 million

Iowa jail seizure death lawsuit settled for .5 million

A northern Iowa county has agreed to pay out $3.5 million to the family members of a man who died in jail after suffering a seizure.

Legal professional Dave O’Brien, representing the family members of Ricky Christianson, introduced the settlement agreement to solve a lawsuit filed in November 2021. The case experienced been scheduled to go to trial in 2023.

Cerro Gordo County supervisors referred issues to the county’s attorney, Dave Schrock, who declined to comment.

Christianson, 59, was booked into the Cerro Gordo County Jail on Nov. 17, 2020, for a probation violation. According to the lawsuit filed by his small children, the arresting Mason Metropolis law enforcement officer did not deliver Christianson’s anti-seizure medicine to the jail, and Christianson advised jail officers for the duration of scheduling that he suffered life-threatening seizures, like one the preceding working day.

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