Family files lawsuit against SLCO Jail citing lack of medical care caused death
(KUTV) -- The parents of Lisa Marie Ostler filed a lawsuit in federal court Thursday citing Salt Lake County administrators, jailers and medical personnel of the facility where she died are at fault for her death.
Ostler died from pancreatitis after a five-day incarceration in the Salt Lake County Jail on drug charges, April 2, 2016.
The 37-year-old woman from Riverton had an opioid addiction following a gastric bypass surgery and also suffered from Crohn's disease, a chronic inflammatory disease of the intestines.
Kim and Calvin Ostler said they filed the lawsuit because they want changes at the jail that would ensure inmate medical care is rendered so what happened to their daughter, doesn't happen to others who are incarcerated with medical conditions, the couple told 2News.
Ostler's parents say she suffered am "excruciating and painful death" because Salt Lake County jailers neglected her cries for pain relief and assistance crediting it to drug withdrawal instead of considering her Crohn's condition that had resulted in an infection.
The Ostler's said if proper medical attention had been rendered to their daughter, her death would have been prevented and she'd be alive today.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages for the suffering Ostler's parents say she endured, plus funeral and medical expenses, her family's distress, attorney fees and other losses.
Lisa Marie Ostler three children, ages 7, 12 and 14, are being cared for by her parents.
The Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office would not comment on the lawsuit as is the policy of the law enforcement agency.