Judge Awards $3 Million Award In California Wrongful Death Lawsuit

by Staff Blogger | September 16th, 2013

September 16, 2013

The California Wrongful Death Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers state that when a person is killed as the result of an accident caused by the negligence of another, the responsible party may be found liable for damages. One such case was recently heard in federal court and awarded the family of an 18-year-old man who was killed by federal agents a sum of $3 million.

An article from Time magazine explains that in June 2010, the victim had pulled his vehicle into a parking lot. The lot was the same location where Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents had just served a warrant against an individual suspected of selling drugs. When undercover law enforcement approached the unknowing victim’s vehicle with guns drawn, he attempted to flee the scene and almost struck a sheriff’s deputy. Agents then opened fire on the vehicle and shot the victim.

The family later filed suit against the DEA and the agents responsible for the death of their son, claiming the victim had no idea the men approaching him with guns drawn were law enforcement officials. Furthermore, the agents were negligent and reckless in opening fire on the vehicle.

Berg Injury Lawyer’s team of California Personal Injury Attorneys understand how devastating the loss of a loved one to an accident caused by negligence can be. That’s why the firm is hopeful the decision that was reached in the case brings some closure to the family of the victim.