The family of a man shot and killed by members of the Los Angeles Police Department last year have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city and the officers involved.
Relatives of the victim made renewed calls to prosecutors to bring criminal charges against the LAPD officers last month, citing unnecessary lethal force and faulted tactics. The victim, who was the suspect of a 911 call at his residence, had been recovering from a hip injury and was confined to a wheelchair at the time of the shooting.
In the wake of the incident, LAPD officers defended the use of lethal force, on grounds that the victim had attempted to attack the officers with a knife. However, the victim’s family argued that his frail physical state, specifically the fact that he could not stand or walk on his own, eliminated any possibility that he could have attempted to attack officers.
An autopsy conducted in the wake of the shooting revealed that the victim was shot a total of four times during the altercation, three of which were fired into his back.
Unfortunately, tragic accidents that result in the unexpected and untimely death of an individual are not at all uncommon in the United States. These types of cases can be incredibly complex, and will require the guidance of a qualified attorney.
Wrongful Death Cases in California
In the state of California, wrongful death refers to the untimely death of an individual, due to the wrongful acts or negligence of another individual or entity. This type of claim is a civil lawsuit, brought by the immediate survivors of the victim, or by a representative of the deceased’s estate.
Fault in these types of claims is expressed exclusively through damages, which, if the case is successful, are paid from the defendant to the victim’s family or estate.
Unlike other personal injury claims, only certain individuals are eligible to file wrongful death lawsuits – the immediate family of the victim. This may include:
- Domestic partners
- Surviving children
Additionally, the state of California has provisions within its wrongful death laws for the victim’s parents and stepchildren, as well as for a putative spouse or children of a putative spouse.
Damages in Wrongful Death Lawsuits
When assessing damages in wrongful death cases, a few factors are taken into consideration. These, of course, are specific to the facts of each individual case, but may include compensation for:
- Funeral and other burial expenses
- Hospital or related medical bills
- Lost income and lost income potential
- Loss of love, attention, affection, community and guidance
- Loss of anticipated financial support
Filing Wrongful Death Claims in California’s Central Valley
If you or someone you know has lost a loved one suddenly due to a negligence of another, it is important that you contact a qualified attorney.
In the Central Valley of California, the attorneys at Triebsch & Frampton specialize in handling personal injury cases, including those dealing with the untimely passing of a loved one. Our attorneys understands that these types of cases are particularly traumatic and emotionally taxing, and that you need support that you can trust during this difficult time.
We will work with you and your loved ones to build a strong, substantial case that protects your interests, not only now, but well into the future.
If you reside in California’s Central Valley and believe you have grounds for a wrongful death claim, we invite you to contact the skilled attorneys at Triebsch & Frampton. To schedule your complimentary initial consultation, we invite you to call us today at (209) 667-2300.