Cole began having headaches and toothaches four days following his arrest, and experienced high temperatures. He was given minor medications but was not seen by a doctor.
Apparently Cole had been placed on “bed rest” status, which nursing staff and guards at Los Padrinos interpreted as meaning that he could not leave his unit to see a doctor. Cole’s condition deteriorated until he was finally transferred to a hospital. He went into a coma and died eight days later from bacterial meningitis, on March 4, 2008. He was 3’11” tall and weighed only 79 pounds.
Cole’s family sued. A risk assessment by the county revealed several lapses in the medical care that Cole received, or the lack thereof. Patient interactions, for example, were not always recorded; additionally, staff had misinterpreted “bed rest” to preclude visits with health care providers.
As a result the county agreed to a $400,000 settlement, which was finalized in August 2010. Cole’s parents were represented by Los Angeles attorney Randy McMurray with The Cochran Firm. See: Cole v. County of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Superior Court (CA), Case No. VC 052 024.
Additional source: LA Weekly
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Cole v. County of Los Angeles
|Cite||Los Angeles Superior Court (CA), Case No. VC 052 024|
|Level||State Trial Court|