The parents of a disabled man have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the California State University police department and university for the death of their son. Their son was killed in December after three separate encounters with university police. During the third and final encounter the disabled man was shot five times for what the police described as aggressive behavior. The suit claims the officers violated the Americans with Disabilities Act as the university was notified prior to their son's attendance of his mental health issues. Their son was registered as a disabled student. The suit, which also calls into question the officer's training, is asking for unspecified damages.
Individuals with disabilities are given special status under the American's with Disabilities Act. Because some individuals with disabilities may not be aware of the significance or consequences of their actions, special care should be used when attempting to diffuse a potentially explosive situation. When individuals are acting within the scope and standards of their employment and training, a wrongful death suit can be used to question the actions of those who caused the death.
Wrongful death suits are rarely as simple as receiving some sort of compensation for the death. The lawsuits can also be used as a platform to promote change. While the suit will not bring the couple's son back, it may help change the policies and training that contributed to his death.
The attorneys at Peach & Weathers approach every wrongful death case with compassion and commitment. We believe that after losing a loved one in a fatal accident, your lawyer owes you more than just simplistic advice. Our job requires listening to you talk about your loss, helping you make sense of it, and giving you assurance that we will be at your side through everything. Your Peach & Weathers attorney won't just meet with you once and expect you to hire us. We will meet several times to work through the immediate problems you face, including funeral arrangements, questions about an autopsy and collecting life insurance. Our proudest moments come when we are invited to graduations, weddings, and other life-events by the survivors we have helped after someone dies in a fatal accident.
Contact our offices in San Bernardino, California, to schedule a free consultation about your wrongful death claim. We are available to meet at a time and location most convenient to you. We never forget that the law is not about lawyers. It's about seeking justice and protecting the rights of families like yours.