Losing a loved one is a devastating experience. When such a loss comes at the negligent hands of another, it can be even more difficult to move forward. Aside from the emotional pain it causes, a wrongful death could leave you with serious financial concerns that you may not be ready to face.
In a Pennsylvania case, the father of a man who was killed during a confrontation with police is filing a federal suit against police for wrongful death.
About two years ago, police were investigating accusations that a 24-year-old Clarion County man had assaulted his girlfriend. State troopers surrounded the girlfriend’s home and told the man to come out. He reportedly refused, and police broke down the door.
Before police entered the home, the man had doused himself in gasoline. The police used a Taser on the man, which allegedly caused him to catch on fire. The 24-year-old died after sustaining burns to 98 percent of his body, according to the father’s complaint.
The father’s attorney said the man suffered from a mental disability. He also said police did not need to Taser the man as he was unarmed and posed no immediate threat.
The man’s father is suing state police for civil rights violations, wrongful death and violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Situations like this illustrate the tragedy of a wrongful death. Unfortunately, survivors of the deceased are often faced with serious financial burdens. Experienced Pennsylvania attorneys understand how complex and technical these cases can be. Strong cases can be built to help families recover compensation for the loss of a loved one.