Cleveland, Ohio. March 7, 2014. A federal civil rights lawsuit was filed today against Richland County jail officials who failed to treat Corey Tolar’s heroin withdrawal which resulted in his death on September 29, 2012. The lawsuit alleges that Tolar suffered excruciating, painful, and wrenching withdrawal symptoms in full view of jail medical staff. No meaningful treatment was provided before his death. By coincidence the case was filed on the same day that state officials are holding a public hearing to consider relaxing regulations regarding Ohio jail standards. Co-Counsel Al Gerhardstein stated, “These tragic deaths can be avoided. All Sheriffs need to stay vigilant and provide to their inmates the basic treatment needed to avoid death through withdrawal.” Drug addiction is a common problem in Richland County and the family hopes through this case to ensure that citizens get the help they need when they experience withdrawal. Attorneys Gerald Leeseberg and Craig Tuttle of Columbus are co-counsel on the case. A copy of the lawsuit is available here. A copy of Mr. Gerhardstein’s objections to the relaxation of standards governing Ohio’s jails is available here.
The case is pending in federal court in Cleveland, Ohio and assigned to Judge Donald C Nugent.