Untreated blackened eye leads to loss of eyeball

A major reason to avoid jail – whether you’ve been convicted of anything from a sex crime to drunk driving – is to avoid the violence that often occurs inside correctional institutions.

As Cameron Langford reports for Courthouse News, 62-year-old Isaac Rojas learned first-hand about jail violence. But he also learned about negligence on the part of employees of correctional institutions.

Rojas was punched in the eye during an altercation (Langford doesn’t get into why the altercation occurred) and then placed in solitary confinement. Despite his pleas for help, doctors, nurses and guards did nothing to address the fact that his eye was blackened and swollen shut.

According to the complaint, Rojas was finally treated a number of days later. “[I]t was too late. Mr. Rojas could no longer see out of his left eye and needed to undergo surgery to remove the eyeball altogether so as to prevent additional harm.”

If you are facing criminal charges, contact a Maryland criminal defense lawyer before you talk to police or anyone else.