Warren woman loses wrongful death suit against Trumbull County Jail employees
A Warren woman has lost a lawsuit filed against medical personnel of the Trumbull County Jail for the death of her husband when he was an inmate
U.S. District Court Judge Benita Pearson on Wednesday ruled in favor of jail medical director Dr. Phillip Malvasi and two of his assistants who were sued by Barbara Wright on behalf of the estate of her husband, Gregory Wright.
The lawsuit sought damages in excess of $75,000.
According to the lawsuit, Wright died on May 5, 2017, two days after being jailed following a conviction on charges of cocaine possession and failure to comply with the order of a police officer.
The wrongful death suit claimed that jail staff was aware that Wright was in distress shortly after midnight on the day of his death and failed to take proper medical action at that time, or twelve hours later when Wright was found to be unresponsive.
The suit alleged that jail officials were aware of Wright's medical condition and heroin withdrawal, and that Wright was not given medication and that jail personnel failed to give him an adequate physical examination.
Judge Pearson concluded that there was no genuine issue of material fact in the case, and ruled in favor of Dr. Malvasi, as well as medical assistants Bethany Lobdell and Rachael Hake.
The Trumbull County Commissioners, Sheriff Paul Monroe, and three other jail employees named in the original lawsuit were dismissed as defendants in the case earlier.