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September 26, 2012

Family files federal lawsuit over jail suicide



The lawsuit contends that none of the jail or Prime Care employees took any action to obtain the medication needed for her physical and psychological stability, nor was she seen by any health care professional or physician when she was admitted.

The attorneys contend that no jail employees reviewed Rogan’s prior medical history while she was in custody, and they did not contact her mental health professional or her personal physician.

Throughout the filing, the attorneys maintained that jail employees showed “deliberate indifference” to Rogan’s health and safety and her rights, which caused her death.

The lawsuit claims that Rogan and her family have the right to health and safety under the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

It further claims that the jail officials placed Rogan in a dangerous situation that was foreseeable, and that they acted with “deliberate disregard” for a substantial risk of serious harm to Rogan.

County solicitor Thomas W. Leslie declined comment about the case yesterday, saying the county had not yet been served with the court papers.

Solomon declined further comment. Attempts to reach Berezniak were unsuccessful yesterday.




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