Personal-injury law covers a wide range of cases, but among the more complex and severe are those related to wrongful death. The plaintiffs in wrongful death cases typically are the family members of people who died due to the negligence of an individual or business. The success of these lawsuits depends on a number of factors, and today, we look at two cases that recently took place in Massachusetts, one of which is still ongoing.
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Mother of Teen Killed by Car During Police Confrontation Receives Compensation
The mother of teenager Delano Walker has received $1.3 million in compensation following a wrongful-death lawsuit. According to Mass Live, the teenager was struck by a vehicle while in a confrontation with law enforcement. Eye witnesses claim a police officer grabbed Walker’s throat, and as he spun to avoid the confrontation, he ended up in the path of an oncoming vehicle.
Police testified that Walker was combative and resistant to their attempts to get him to cease a phone call. However, after seven hours of deliberations in the court case, it was determined that the officer had violated the young man’s rights. The original suit filed by the teenager’s mother cited violations of his civil rights, the use of excessive force, reckless intent, assault and wrongful death.
Massachusetts Family Suing Government for Wrongful Death
In a landmark case, a local Massachusetts family is suing the government for the death of their son, a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) contractor who was killed in Benghazi, Libya. According to NECN, the family is seeking $2 million in damages from the CIA and state department, alleging that there was inadequate security at the United States diplomatic post and at the CIA compound when it came under attack in 2012.
At this stage, the state and the CIA have declined to comment, but the family has said they have tried repeatedly to reach out to the government to reach a resolution. According to the family, legal action was the only possible way to resolve what they believe to be a wrongful death that resulted from the negligence of these organizations.
If you live in Boston or another city in Massachusetts and have been involved in a case of wrongful death, Colucci, Colucci, Marcus & Flavin P.C. can help you seek compensation. We have the experience to negotiate fair compensation with defendants, and we are not afraid to take a case to trial. If you would like to discuss your case with a qualified personal-injury attorney, call our office at 617-698-6000 to arrange a consultation.