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Virgina family awarded $2.4mil in wrongful death suit

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A wrongful death lawsuit brought against a Virginia sheriff and city jail physician by the family of a deceased 46 year-old man resulted in the jury awarding the prosecutors $2.4 million in damages.

The family claims the jail's physician failed to give the man his seizure medication for at least ten days and ignored his complaints of severe chest, abdominal, and side pain. Witnesses say that the man spent most of his time in his cell, kneeled over in pain. A health employee took x-rays of his back and sides, but not his chest. Medical experts for both the prosecutors and defense say the man died from untreated pneumonia.

The man was in jail after he suffered a seizure while driving and crashed into a house. He was charged with property damage and driving with a suspended license.