Damages sought after diabetic prisoner allegedly dies due to unconstitutional jail conditions

By Carrie Bradon | Jan 23, 2016

TYLER— Several correctional officers are being sued following the death of an inmate allegedly due to lack of timely medical treatment of his diabetes during his imprisonment.

Nora Jean Farias, administrator of the Estate of Larry E. Jackson II, filed a complaint on Jan. 15 in the Tyler Division District Court against Eric Christensen, Sgt. Brown and John Rupert, following the death of Jackson.

On Jan. 16, 2014, Jackson was in his cell of the H. H. Coffield Unit located in Anderson County, Texas when he allegedly began to exhibit symptoms of a life threatening medical condition, diabetic ketoacidosis, including drinking excessive amounts of water, dizziness and slurring of speech. A fellow inmate who noticed Jackson's condition allegedly tried to attract the attention of Christiansen and Brown, but the suit states they refused to help. Jackson's condition allegedly continued to worsen before Brown purportedly entered into the cell and attempted to put a plastic spoon into Jackson's mouth. Brown also allegedly refused to give Jackson CPR without plastic gloves and when Jackson was being moved, his head was purportedly allowed to hit the ground, the suit states. The lawsuit state that after being moved by medical personnel Jackson was declared dead on Jan. 18.

Farias seeks damages for all damages, financial, emotional, mental and legal. She is represented by William Pieratt Demond and Meagan Hassan of Demond & Hassan PLLC in Houston.

Tyler Division District Court Case number 6:16-cv-00019

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