The family of Emily Rae Rice will sue over her death at the jail after she was mistreated by both the hospital and the people at the jail.
The family of a woman who died last year while in the care of Denver sheriff's deputies plans to announce the filing of a lawsuit against the city today.
Emily Rae Rice, 24, died in jail on Feb. 19, 2006, of internal injuries suffered in a car accident the day before.
The woman's family contends that doctors who treated her before sending her to jail, as well as jail guards and employees, are responsible for her death because they failed to provide her with appropriate medical attention.
The family and its lawyers will appear at 11 a.m. at the City and County Building to announce the lawsuit.
Doctors treated Rice at Denver Health Medical Center after the accident and then sent her to jail on suspicion of drunken driving. She died 20 hours later after complaining for hours and asking for medical attention, her family said. Her pleas were ignored, they said.
The family plans to name the city, Denver Health and Hospitals, and several doctors, nurses and jail guards in the lawsuit, according to a news release issued by the Rice family's lawyers, Darold Killmer and Mari Newman.
"Despite having reported significant pain, and despite the fact that she had just been involved in a violent car accident, no tests were run on her, and vital signs were not taken upon her discharge to the Denver Jail," the news release states.
Denver Health has declined to comment.