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Los Angeles County Settles Civil Detainee Wrongful Death Claim for $750,000
Cesar Gonzalez, a civil detainee being held at the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department’s Mira Loma Detention Facility in December 2007, was a member of a work detail operating a jackhammer when the jackhammer came into contact with an underground high-voltage electric line. Gonzalez was initially transported to Antelope Valley Medical Center, then moved to the Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center, where he died.
Assisted by the law firm of Moreno, Becerra & Collins, Gonzalez’s estate, heirs and successors in interest filed suit in state court in September 2008. Almost four years later the county offered to settle the suit for $750,000. County officials also stated that the Sheriff’s Department had implemented new safety-related policies and procedures, and had enhanced its employee training to prevent similar incidents in the future. At the time of the settlement, the county had already paid $191,181 in attorney fees and $26,858 in costs defending against the lawsuit. See: Gonzalez v. County of Los Angeles, Lancaster Superior Court (CA), Case No. MC 019 520.
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Gonzalez v. County of Los Angeles
|Cite||Lancaster Superior Court (CA), Case No. MC 019 520|
|Level||State Trial Court|