Even though grand juries decided not to indict the police officers in the cases of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, Berkowitz and Hanna LLC knows that the families of those two men can still seek compensation in the form of a civil lawsuit.
Both families might consider filing wrongful death lawsuits. Wrongful death refers to an incidence in which someone’s negligent or reckless behavior resulted in the death of another person. When wrongful death occurs, the surviving family members are entitled to compensation for the damages and suffering incurred.
The Washington Post recently reported on this exact issue, noting that “victims of police violence, as well as their families, can get their day in court.” The family of Eric Garner has already announced plans to sue the city of New York for $75 million. Michael Brown’s family has not yet made a similar announcement but their lawyer “has indicated the possibility is being considered.” The argument for wrongful death would be that the police did not exercise appropriate care in their confrontations with the two men.
Berkowitz and Hanna LLC will report again if and when lawsuits are filed in these high-profile cases.
Berkowitz and Hanna LLC did not represent any of the parties in these cases.
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