Austin Police Shooting Leads To Wrongful Death Case
Currently The Loewy Law Firm is going to trial for a highly publicized case involving wrongful death. This case involves a young man who was shot in the back of the head by a police officer. It is controversial because it involves a black man who was shot around 34th street, a predominately white area . The case is set for trial and as the case proceeds and the facts come clear, we will be seeking justice for a man who was wrongfully killed.
Wrongful Death Cases
Wrongful death results from negligence or an intentional act resulting in someone’s death. Wrongful death is a civil remedy against the person who was negligent or performed the intentional act. The case can be filed by family members, spouses, children, or anyone affected financially by the death of the person. In the case we are working on right now we are representing his immediate family.
Wrongful death cases can also be filed for death resulting from medical malpractice, product liability, a car accident that lead to the death, or in any event where the person acted negligently (failed to uphold reasonable behavior in the situation) or intentionally and this act lead to the death of the victim.
Damages in a Wrongful Death Case
Once we have proved that death resulted from an intentional or negligent act, we then calculate the damages owed to those affected. These can include four types of damages:
- economic damages—these damages cover monetary losses to those affected by the death such as:
- funeral and medical expenses related to the death
- loss of victims expected earning and benefits like pensions or retirement
- loss of inheritence the victim would have provided
- value of goods and services the victim would have provided
- non-economic damages—these include non-tangible damages like pain and suffering, loss of love, guidance, protection, and care, and the loss of consortium of a spouse.
- punitive damages—punitive damages are awarded as punishment towards the defendant for especially bad conduct. In the case we are working on now, punitive damages might be the answer if the police officer was in fact being racist and acting out on impulsory emotions.
- attorney’s fees—the defendant can can also be made responsible for paying the attorney fees of the plaintiff(s) suing on behalf of the victim.
Fighting For The Justice You Deserve
Wrongful death cases are the most painful that we take on for our clients. Nothing can replace the loss or fill the void that a loved one feels from losing a significant person in their life. It’s not fair no matter how much money you are awarded. In many of these cases, the incident could have easily been prevented and we want to ensure that we are doing everything we can to get you damages you need to help recover and ensure that incidents similar to yours don’t happen again to others. As we move forward in this wrongful death case we will seek justice against any malicious conduct the police officer is responsible for and ensure that this type of wrongful death is prevented in the future.
We have proven results in bringing justice to victims of wrongful death and we hope to continue