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Successful Wrongful Death Suit Results in $33.5 Million

Successful Wrongful Death Suit Results in $33.5 Million

When a loved one passes there is nothing that can really the pain and aches that comes with the loss. Losing someone hits deep into the heart and soul. There is no physical purchase or monetary gift that can bring someone back. However, justice must be served and our team of professionals at JML Law, A Professional Law Corporation, in San Bernardino is ready to bring your loved one justice.

Definitions and Expectations

Wrongful death is defined as a death that was foreseeable and caused by the negligence of some person or party. Wrongful death is a civil suit that can be brought forth alongside criminal action. Neither of the two will influence each other’s outcome. For example, a criminal charge can fall through, but a civil suit can prevail. Our San Bernardino wrongful death attorneys at JML Law, A Professional Law Corporation, understand the legal documentation needed to prove negligence.

The purpose of a wrongful death suit is to obtain a monetary value from the person or party who is responsible for the death of your loved one. This monetary value covers expenses such as the funeral, burial, medical bills, loss of wages, and loss of companionship. When you lose someone you don’t just lose their presence—you lose their future. You lose the support that person would have given you had they not been killed. You lost the financial support of that person as well. Our legal team understands that money cannot bring back a life, but it can provide the finances necessary to move on from death.

$33.5 Million Award

In March 2018 a jury awarded the parents of Nathanael Pickett the largest sum seen in San Bernardino County. The jury was specific: $15.5 million was awarded for compensatory damages and $18 million for punitive damages. The story goes that a police officer was patrolling saw Pickett glance back several times. He followed Pickett and confronted him. The county said that Pickett assaulted the officer in which the officer felt fear for his life. He then shot Pickett. The video produced from the dash cam of a police car showed otherwise.

The video showed Pickett did not touch the officer and he was shot away from the office. The story was incongruent with the county. The stories were so different that the jury was able to see that the county was not being forthcoming with the truth. There was reasonable doubt and the jury sided with Pickett’s family. The county will appeal this decision, but until then the Pickett family can feel more at peace knowing that justice was served.

What To Do

If you are searching for guidance on wrongful death suits then you must be dealing with the loss of a loved one. Our San Bernardino Wrongful Death Attorneys understand the awful predicament and give you our condolences. If you want to represented by an experienced and successful team of attorneys then Call 818-610-8800 or click here to start a free consultation with our professional staff today.

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