$8,500,000 – Perez v. City of Pasadena
The Carrillo Law Firm represented Margarita Perez who had been arrested and jailed within the Pasadena City Jail for joyriding. On February 22, 2015, while in jail in Pasadena, Ms. Perez began to experience suicidal thoughts and began preparing her bed sheets to harm herself. During a close to 45-minute preparation and execution of her plan, which was all caught on video, Ms. Perez began to tie her bed sheets together and then hung herself from the second floor of the jail wing. Ms. Perez hung for several minutes before she was ever noticed. A jailer finally noticed her and she was eventually cut down and taken to the hospital.
As a result of her attempted suicide, Ms. Perez suffered serious brain injury and will require 24-hour care for the rest of her life. In addition to the brain damage she suffered, she lost the ability to see or speak. Additionally, Ms. Perez suffered extensive nerve damage that caused her joints to be twisted in an abnormal manner.
The firm represented Ms. Perez in the case against the city in which the firm claimed that as a result of the negligence of the jail staff, Ms. Perez was able to hurt herself. Jails like the City of Pasadena jail are required to be custodians for the safety and well-being of the persons in their custody. When they failed to properly supervise Ms. Perez who had suicidal ideas, and which led to her harming herself, they are directly liable. The firm filed their case against the City of Pasadena in the Los Angeles Superior Court and litigated the case for a substantial amount of time.
As a result of the Carrillo Law Firm’s efforts, the firm secured a substantial settlement for Ms. Perez.