- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 24, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The family of an inmate who died in an Alameda County jail from an asthma attack has filed a lawsuit claiming the man didn’t receive adequate medical treatment.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (https://sfg.ly/1LFSiAC ) that the family of Mario Martinez filed the lawsuit in federal court Tuesday against the county and the private for-profit health contractor for the jail system, Corizon Health Inc.

Martinez died July 15 at the age of 29 because of an acute asthmatic respiratory insufficiency. A judge had issued a court order for Martinez to receive medical treatment for his asthma and nasal polyps, but the lawsuit says the polyps were allowed to grow so he couldn’t breathe through his nose.

County officials say any death in custody is taken very seriously.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, https://www.sfgate.com

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