Family members of the victim of wrongful death by a law enforcement official have the right to seek legal action and justice by filing a civil lawsuit. Understanding how wrongful death by law enforcement is defined and how the lawsuit process works ensures you are informed and confident as you take action towards justice for your loved one.
What Is Wrongful Death By Law Enforcement?
Wrongful death by law enforcement refers to the unlawful infliction of harm to an individual that ultimately leads to their death. This could be the result of negligence or as intentional infliction of harm. Family members of someone who was killed in an unlawful manner can file a civil lawsuit against the officer and police department.
How The Lawsuit Process Works For Compensation
The lawsuit process may look different in every case. However, at The Brown Firm, there are certain steps we follow as we fight on behalf of the victim’s family. The lawsuit process typically involves gathering and reviewing information and evidence, filing a lawsuit, demanding the production of important documents and records, depositions, negotiations and mediations.
Review The Available Information
The first step is to gather all relevant information. This includes but is not limited to police reports, investigative documents, articles, statements and newspapers that reported on the case.
File A Lawsuit On Behalf Of The Personal Representative
Once determining if there is enough evidence to support the wrongful death claim, a lawsuit is filed on behalf of a personal representative, which is typically a close relative to the deceased victim.
Request For Production Or Court Orders
We may request the production for more information after the lawsuit is filed. This includes recordings, videos and documents. If necessary, we submit a request for the court to order the release of essential information.
Settlement Negotiation Or Mediation
Not all wrongful death by law enforcement officials requires a trial. Often, the case is settled through pre-trial settlement negotiations or mediation, although we only agree to settlements or mediation if it is in the interest of our client.
Go To Trial And Represent The Client If Necessary
Finally, we are prepared to go to trial if doing so is in the best interest of our client. Our team of wrongful death attorneys presents the client’s case in an evidence-based and strong manner.
The Benefits Of Working With An Experienced Attorney
Regardless of the legal action you choose to take, seeking justice and retribution after the wrongful death by a law enforcement official requires taking the right steps and being able to present your case strongly and with evidence. By working with a wrongful death attorney, you can ensure you file the proper documents and follow the proper procedure.
Consult With The Brown Firm To Start The Process
If you’ve been affected by a wrongful death by a law enforcement official, reach out to the Brown Firm today. Our team of knowledgeable attorneys will assist you in your process, and help to bring you the best possible outcome. Call us or schedule a consultation to start the wrongful death lawsuit process. Our dedicated and experienced team is right there with you every step of the way, fighting for justice on your behalf and ensuring the proper process is followed. Reach out to us today by phone at 703.828.0900 or send in an online contact form. We look forward to hearing from you!