The Law Firm of Smith + Schwartzstein LLC recently obtained a $2 million settlement against the County of Morris in a wrongful death case involving an individual in custody at the Morris County Jail.
The plaintiff, Charles Petrock, Jr., a 42-year-old man with five children, was pulled over for having a broken taillight, and was subsequently arrested for driving with a suspended license. He was then brought to the Morris County Jail. Three days after his arrest, Mr. Petrock was found dead in his cell of apparent heart failure, although his death was not reported for several hours. His Estate alleged that individuals working at the Morris County Jail were negligent and failed to provide the minimum necessary care to Mr. Petrock while he was at the Morris County Jail.
Commenting on the settlement, Andrew Smith, partner at Smith + Schwartzstein LLC, and attorney for the Estate of Charles Petrock, said, “While nothing can bring back Charles Petrock, Jr., his family now has solace that some justice has been served and that the County is being held accountable.