Tragedies happen, and no matter who is at fault, someone suffers. Whether it involves a child, parent, grandparent or spouse, the loss of a loved one is devastating and often leaves people wondering why. Naturally, those grieving need to understand what happened and to seek some form of justice, especially in the case of a wrongful death that may have been caused by negligence or wrongdoing.
In October 2010, a 20-year-old man was killed. He was a former football player at Pace University and graduated from Oliver Ames High School in Easton, New York. In front of a bar in Thornwood, New York, this particular young man was shot and killed by a Pleasantville, New York police officer.
According to police, the shot was not fired until the young man drove directly at police, placing their lives in danger. Friends and family of the victim, however, tell a different story. They allege that he was simply attempting to move his vehicle out of the fire lane, rendering the shooting unjustified.
The family of this young man filed a civil suit in U.S. District Court.
Often in cases like this one, the family may want to proceed with a civil lawsuit in order to seek justice and compensation. In cases where blame is easy to determine, a wrongful death lawsuit or civil claim may be appropriate. Whether the survivors file a lawsuit or not, however, the grief they feel for their lost loved one and the financial costs of the tragedy are very real.
People who find themselves in such a situation need all the support and guidance they can get. While no amount of money could ever fully compensate the family for the loss of a loved one, a civil or wrongful death lawsuit may help if another party's negligence was responsible for the death.
An experienced wrongful death attorney can offer guidance through this painful process. They are knowledgeable and will offer the information necessary to make the decision that best fits your individual situation.
Source: Fox Sports, "Pace player's death shrouded in chaos," Associated Press, March 13, 2012