- Associated Press - Friday, October 17, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal lawsuit stemming from the 2009 death of a woman who was jailed at the Orleans Parish Prison has been settled for $600,000.

Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman agreed to the sum to end the wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of the victim, 43-year-old Cayne Miceli.

The sheriff’s office provided the terms of the settlement on Friday to NOLA.com ‘ The Times-Picayune (https://bit.ly/1rJyctG) in response to a public records request. The case was settled in July.

The 2010 lawsuit claimed jail staff didn’t provide Miceli with adequate medical care and caused her death when they strapped her down to a bed in restraints for four hours despite knowing that she struggled with asthma and had been hospitalized the previous day with breathing difficulties. Jail staff restrained Miceli after they say she attempted suicide.

Miceli voluntarily admitted herself to Tulane Medical Center on Jan. 4 2009 after experiencing a severe asthma attack. When doctors tried to discharge her several hours later, Miceli, who believed she needed more treatment, panicked and fought with hospital personnel, the lawsuit said.

Miceli, who was accused of biting the ankles of a hospital security guard, was booked on municipal charges of disturbing the peace, resisting arrest and battery on an officer.

Miceli’s asthma attacks continued at the jail, the family says, claiming she was denied proper medication and treatment.

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Information from: The Times-Picayune, https://www.nola.com


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