PEORIA — Woodford County has agreed to pay $490,000 to the estate of a man who died in its jail two years ago, according to federal court records.
The documents, filed July 18, in U.S. District Court in Peoria, state the county will pay David Brown's son, David Brown II, in return for the younger Brown dropping his suit against the county and several of its employees. The county board voted to approve the agreement at its meeting in late July, and a judge in court signed off on the agreement on Aug. 8.
On April 27, 2017, the elder Brown died while at the jail he was being held for driving on a suspended license. While he was there, he began to have issues with his catheters, which he needed as he suffered from benign prostatic hyperplasia, according to court records.
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"Prior to his death, Mr. Brown reported that he could not use his catheters, complained of 10/10 flank pain, insisted that 'something ain't right,' and asked, over and over, to be taken to hospital," according to court records. The hospital, Advocate Eureka Hospital is located across the street from the jail.
"Indeed, Mr. Brown became so critically ill that he could no longer ambulate or stand, and collapsed on the floor. Instead of calling paramedics to take Mr. Brown to hospital, personnel at Woodford County Jail used a wheelchair to transport a barely responsive Mr. Brown to a holding cell, where he died of acute pyelonephritis secondary to obstructive uropathy and BPH. Mr. Brown's death was due to preventable causes, and would easily have been averted had defendants arranged for him to be transported to hospital," according to a complaint filed by his son.
The suit will continue to proceed against Advanced Correctional Healthcare, Inc., and two health care professionals. A trial is set for late 2020.