NEW ORLEANS – A woman alleges her brother was denied appropriate treatment at a facility and has filed a wrongful death suit.
Gaynell Tumblin filed a complaint on Feb. 22 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against
Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman, Capt. Chad Ruiz, Correct Care Solutions and J. Does 1 - 99
alleging negligent and/or intentional conduct, wrongful death and other counts.
to the complaint, the plaintiff's brother, Cleveland Tumblin, was
arrested and taken to the Orleans Justice Center on Feb. 28, 2016. The
plaintiff alleges her brother was diagnosed as having bipolar disorder
and had a prescription, which was documented on his medical intake
screening. The suit states that on March 5, 2016, while in the shower,
Cleveland hanged himself and succumbed to injuries on March 7, 2016.
plaintiff holds Gusman, Ruiz, Correct Care Solutions and J. Does 1 - 99
responsible because the defendants allegedly failed in their
professional duties and their legal obligations by denying appropriate
and necessary medical, psychiatric, nursing, and therapeutic care,
treatment and supervision for Cleveland Tumblin.
requests a trial by jury and seeks compensatory and punitive damages,
plus interest, attorneys’ fees and costs and all other relief as appears
just and proper to the court. She is represented by David J. Utter and
William R. Claiborne of The Claiborne Firm PC in Savannah, Georgia and
John Adcock of Law Office of New Orleans.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Case number 2:17-cv-01511