For California residents, the loss of a loved one is always a tragic occurrence. However, when a loved one is lost suddenly and unexpectedly, it can, at times, be even more difficult to deal with. When that death is caused by the negligence or lack of care of another person, it may bring feelings of anger, misunderstanding and frustration to the loved ones of the deceased.
In addition to those feelings of hurt and confusion, it may also bring unexpected financial hardship. In that case, the family may be able to recover damages from the negligent individual under a wrongful death cause of action. One family in California has promised to file such a lawsuit on behalf of a woman who was shot to death by U.S. Border Patrol agents.
The incident is still being investigated, but, according to reports, the woman was pulling away in her vehicle and struck a Border Patrol agent twice. The agent shot at her from the hood of the car. Her family's lawyer stated that she was shot a total of nine times as an agent walked toward her, repeatedly firing his weapon.
When families experience the tragic loss of a loved one, they should do no less than take aggressive action to recover against the negligent and careless party. If the lawsuit is successful they will be able to recover monetary damages. This compensation will help them pay for any burdensome financial commitments that arose as a result of the death. They may also potentially be able to recover money to help them deal with pain and suffering.
There is no amount of money that can bring back a lost loved one. However, monetary compensation can help to relieve some of the financial burden the family is experiencing, leaving them the necessary time and resources to deal with the emotional impact of their loss.
Source: United Press International, "Wrongful death suit promised in shooting," Oct. 8, 2012