Suit: Inmate Died Because Of Inadequate Medical Care

CHICAGO (STMW) – A wrongful death lawsuit was filed Wednesday claiming that a Cook County Jail inmate died because he did not receive medical attention last year.

Lennetha Wilson-Hewitt, the estate administrator of Kareem Wilson, filed the suit Wednesday in Cook County Circuit Court.

The suit claims Wilson was an inmate at Cook County Jail, the morning of April 14, 2011, when he began suffering from nausea, rapid heart rate and profuse sweating.

Wilson repeatedly asked Cook County correctional officers for medical attention but did not receive any until other inmates began yelling and beating on the doors for help in the afternoon, the suit said.

A guard came to his jail cell with a defibrillator but did not use it, the suit said. By the time someone came to his cell to use the device, Wilson had died of heart failure.

The suit claims Cook County failed to properly train, supervise, or discipline its employees, who failed to follow guidelines for providing medical attention to inmates. The county also failed to discipline or reprimand employees.

The five-count suit claims wrongful death, negligence and a violation of Wilson’s civil rights. It seeks more than $250,000 in damages and court costs.

Frank Bilecki, spokesperson for the Cook County Sheriff’s office was immediately aware of the suit.

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  • Just Axin

    Great, some dog prisoner’s family’s gonna get some cash out of this one. If he had any kids, I’m sure all the $ will be earmarked for them.


    They are suppose to get some cash, idiot. How do you know he was a dog? The article clearly states that he was a man. Can you read?

  • Chicago resident

    Here’s the last line from the story last year when he died: Wilson had a long list of aliases, arrests and felony convictions, ranging from burglary to armed robbery, according to court records.

    So I hope that his victims of the theft, robbery and burglary IMMEDIATELY file suit against his estate for the financial and emotional damages he caused them.

    Now that I think of it, maybe there is a new lawyer out there who can find the victims of the incarcerated, and begin lawsuits on their behalf, since our jailees and prisoners seem to filing suit for everything that goes wrong (except for their own bad decisions that landed them in jail in the first place). For taxpayers It would take the sting out of having to pay these settlements if we knew the monies were only passing through the criminals’ hands on the way to the victims.

  • tony

    Lawyers seem to really make the most from the county jail.The county jail just paided out a 1 million dollar settlement about the female inmates being locked up.the inmates only received 2000.00 each and the law firm recieved 874,000.00 out of the million .who won

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