Parker Waichman LLP Files Notice of Claim in Alleged Wrongful Death of Iraq War Veteran who Committed Suicide in Nassau County Jail

March 14, 2012 (PRLEAP.COM) Entertainment News
Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm with offices in Long Island, New York, has filed a Notice of Claim informing the County of Nassau, New York, and the County of Nassau Correctional Facility of its intent to file a lawsuit on behalf of Lilyann Ryan for the personal injuries and wrongful death of her son, Bartholomew Ryan. Ryan, an Iraq war veteran, committed suicide by hanging on February 24, 2012, while in the custody of the Nassau County Correctional Center in East Meadow, New York.

Bartholomew Ryan, 32, a former Marine who served for a year in Al Taqaddum, Iraq, hung himself with a noose made from a sheet just one day after being incarcerated at the Nassau County Correctional Center. Ryan had been arrested on misdemeanor charges of operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs and excessive speed. A corrections officer discovered Ryan hanging in his cell and he was pronounced dead at 4:20 p.m. at nearby Nassau University Medical Center. According to his family, after Ryan returned from Iraq he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) which led to his drug problem.

The Notice of Claim filed by Parker Waichman LLP alleges that the Respondents failed to properly monitor, supervise and care for Ryan, despite knowing that he suffered from drug addiction and psychological diseases, specifically post-traumatic stress disorder. Among other things, the Notice of Claim charges that the Respondents failed to properly intake Ryan into the Correctional system, and failed to place him in a proper custodial setting given Ryan's tendencies and inappropriate behavior. The Notice of Claim further alleges that the Respondents failed to transport Ryan in a reasonable time frame to obtain medical treatment, and failed to administer accepted life-sustaining treatment in an emergent time frame after Ryan hung himself.

Ryan's death was the fifth suicide at Nassau County's jail in two years, according to Newsday. Of the state's 62 counties, Nassau had the second highest number of inmate suicides since 2010.

About Parker Waichman LLP
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