Livermore v. City of New York, 08 Civ. 04442 (NRB) (S.D.N.Y.)

Nature of Claims: Denial of medical care, excessive force by jail staff. Mr. Livermore, a 53-year-old postal worker, died in the Manhattan Detention Center in May 2007 after an altercation with jail staff. The cause of death proved to be heart failure related to alcohol withdrawal, for which he was not treated even though the risk was apparent from his medical records and jail medical protocols called for treatment under those circumstances. The death report issued by the State Commission of Correction was highly critical of staff from Prison Health Services, Inc., the private medical provider at the jail. The complaint was filed on behalf of Mr. Livermore’s widow.

Current status: Pending.

Reported decisions: None.