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$90,000 Settlement in Erie County, N.Y. Jail Wrongful Death Case

By Christopher Zoukis

The estate of a prisoner who died as a result of the alleged negligence of Erie County, NY Jail staff has agreed to settle the case for $90,000.
Marguerite Arrindell was held in the jail on drug charges for about a week in April 2008. During her imprisonment, Arrindell asked for her blood pressure medication. Jail staff allegedly refused to provide one of her prescriptions. Soon after, Arrindell suffered a massive stroke in her jail cell, and was taken to the hospital. She died three months later.

Arrindell's estate, represented by Jeanne M. Vinal of the Buffalo law firm Vinal & Vinal, sued the county, alleging negligence for failure to provide proper medical care, failure to give Arrindell her medication, failure to provide prompt medical care, and failure to hospitalize Arrindell in a timely fashion.

The county denied all liability, arguing that Arrindell died of natural causes. Ultimately, though, the county agreed to pay $90,000 plus attorney's fees to settle the case.

Case: Estate of Arrindell v. Erie County, United States District Court for the Western District of New York, Case No. 09-cv-00165 (February 8, 2013).


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