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Prison Guard Suicide Rate Increases In California

On Behalf of | Jan 26, 2018 | Wrongful Death

Suicide has become disturbingly common among California prison guards. These employees have to face the same violence as police officers. Although the salary and benefits are pretty good, they are miserable and about 10 percent of them say they have considered attempts at suicide. The percentage is higher among retired guards. Much other correctional staff and law enforcement across the nation are having similar problems and something must be done.

About 14 percent of retired guards have considered suicide, just like the percentage among military veterans. One of the main reasons is the exposure to constant danger and violence. Also, these employees don’t tend to share their experiences with their loved ones, which makes it even harder to cope with. Many of them feel that if they share their fears they might be perceived as weak. There are some assistance programs available but apparently, it hasn’t been enough.

One of the best approaches to dealing with this situation is creating a support program led by highly trained mental professionals to help identify any issues that may arise. This approach has helped to significantly reduce suicide rates among law enforcement officers. As long as these guards are willing to ask for help and the state is willing to provide them with the tools they need, they may be able to put their troubled minds to rest.

Some families have already sued the state for negligence and settled for thousands of dollars. Many guards report sleepless nights and having suicidal thoughts. Unfortunately, this is something they have to experience in the workplace. Some say they are harassed every day at work and suicide is the only way to escape from their mental prison.

Inmate Wrongful Deaths

There are also cases of wrongful death among inmates. Whether due to abuse or neglect, inmates should be kept safe. The incarcerating facilities are liable for their safety. There are damages available for inmates or surviving family members suffering this fate.

Recovery is Possible

It’s hard to think about hiring a California wrongful death attorney when a loved one has died. Yet this is a crucial step and an essential one for your emotional, physical, and financial recovery after a family member has passed away due to someone else’s negligence.

After you call us and schedule your initial confidential meeting with one of our talented attorneys, we will make sure that you fully understand your legal options and that your rights, as well as the rights of your family, are preserved.

Family members of California prison guards should have the resources they need to help them in their time of need. Depending on your situation, you may be able to file a death claim. These cases can be very confusing requiring the intervention of an experienced legal advocate. Call us today at 818-783-5757 and we will guide you on the right path to justice.