$11.9M Verdict in PA Jail Suicide Case

In September 2016, a federal jury found that prison health care provider PrimeCare Medical Inc. must pay a combined $11.9 million to the estate of Mumun "Marty" Barbaros, who committed suicide in Pennsylvania's Monroe County Jail in 2009 following deliberate indifference on the part of jail staff to attend to his medical needs. The sum includes $8 million in punitive damages.

According to the plaintiffs' court filings, jail intake staff did not accurately record Barbaros's prescribed antidepressant or even his name. According to the filings, "his condition deteroriated so badly and so quickly that, when his repeated requests for his medication were ignored, he asked the judge holding his arraignment to do something to make sure he received his medications."

Attorney Brian Chacker represented Barbaros's estate.