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Family awarded $2.4mil in wrongful death lawsuit

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A Virginia jury has awarded the family of a 46 year-old man who died in the city jail $2.4 million in a wrongful death lawsuit against the sheriff and jail physician. The man died behind bars from untreated pneumonia. He was in jail for charges of property damage and driving with a suspended license after he suffered a seizure while driving and crash his car into a house.

Despite the man's history of seizures, he was not placed on the jail's medical tier and was not given his seizure medication for at least ten days. He often complained of swollen legs and pain in his chest, abdomen, and sides but the jail did nothing. The jail physician claimed his lungs were fine, but even the defense's medical expert testified that the man died from essentially drowning in collected pus in his lungs.