When Sandra Quinones’ water broke, she was imprisoned in Orange County for violating her probation. When the homeless lady called for aid, it took deputies two hours to respond. On the way to the hospital, they made a stop at Starbucks; Quinones, 28, lost the pregnancy.
Quinones, now 34, was awarded $480,000 by the Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday to end a federal complaint he had filed regarding delayed medical care during the March 2016 incident. Quinones’ lawsuit claimed that after deputies decided against calling an ambulance, they “acted with further willful indifference” to her medical requirements by making a stop at Starbucks rather than driving her straight to the hospital.
Richard Herman, Quinone’s lawyer, claimed that his client was “dysfunctional,” homeless, and suffering from mental health problems but continued in her legal action. Herman added, “She realizes she was harmed. In October 2020, the federal court rejected her lawsuit; but, the 9th U..S Circuit Court of Appeals revived it the next year.
Despite its ups and downs, she tenaciously pursued this case, Herman added. “This was a protracted battle. We appreciate that this was resolved successfully. County authorities declined to comment on the case but confirmed the settlement sum and produced court records. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department declined to comment, according to Sgt. Scott Steinle, a spokesman for the organization.
Herman was unable to specify on Wednesday how many months his client was expecting, but he did confirm that she miscarried. He continued by saying that the way jail employees handled her was not justified by her condition. Herman told The Times on Wednesday that the Orange County jail “is capable of descending to the lowest depths.” Sadly, this is not the only instance.
Quinones “spent significant time” in jail following her miscarriage, according to the lawsuit, but Herman claimed she is currently out of custody and residing with her mother. An attorney for the county, Zachary Schwartz, could not be reached for comment.