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The Latest: LA County to pay nearly $6M over inmate injury

March 06, 2018 - 5:03 PM

LOS ANGELES - The Latest on a lawsuit settlement for a jail inmate (all times local):

5 p.m.

Los Angeles County will pay nearly $6 million to settle a lawsuit that said a jail inmate was left brain damaged and disabled because his medical problems weren't properly treated.

The Board of Supervisors approved the settlement Tuesday.

The negligence suit was filed on behalf of Juan Garza, who was 22 when he was arrested in 2012 on suspicion of attempted murder on a stranger. He'd been diagnosed years earlier with schizophrenia but hadn't received any medication.

City News Service says supervisors were told that while in the downtown Twin Towers jail, Garza tried to kill himself by repeating falling backward and hitting his head on the floor.

A social worker evaluated him but saw no signs of a medical emergency. However, within hours his condition became life-threatening.

Safety check policies in the jail have since been revised.

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3:43 p.m.

Los Angeles County will pay nearly $6 million to settle a lawsuit that said a jail inmate was left disabled because his medical problems were ignored.

The Los Angeles Daily News says the Board of Supervisors approved the settlement Tuesday.

The negligence suit was filed on behalf of Juan Garza, who was 22 when he was arrested in 2012 on suspicion of attempted murder.

The suit claims that Garza failed to receive proper monitoring and care in the downtown Twin Towers facility.

His attorneys say he suffered a seizure, fell and hit his head, leaving him with permanent brain damage and requiring 24-hour care.

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