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Westmoreland jail death lawsuit settled |

Westmoreland jail death lawsuit settled

| Thursday, March 31, 2011 12:00 a.m

The estate of a North Huntingdon man who slowly died from acute heroin withdrawal while he was being held in Westmoreland County’s jail has apparently settled its wrongful death lawsuit against the jail’s health care contractor, NaphCare Inc.

Corey L. Kardos, 23, was arrested Feb. 28, 2009, after a traffic stop in which a search revealed he was carrying heroin, according to the lawsuit. Sometime between March 1 and March 2, while he was being held in the Westmoreland County Prison, he began showing signs of heroin withdrawal and told the jail staff that he was sick, the lawsuit says.

Other inmates also tried to get the jail’s medical staff to treat Kardos, but the staff ignored his growing weakness and loss of weight and Kardos died on March 9, the lawsuit says.

John Greiner, the lawyer who represented Westmoreland County and the Westmoreland County Prison officials in the lawsuit, said he doesn’t know the details of the settlement because the county defendants were dropped from the case on March 15.

Attorneys for Kardos’ estate and NaphCare couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

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