News sources indicate that a wrongful death lawsuit filed against the Sacramento
County will continue. At issue is the decision of a conservator to place
a paranoid schizophrenic with a history of violence in an Oak Park group
home. After the mentally ill man was place in the group home, he killed
a 65-year-old woman who was an employee of the home and seriously injured
her husband, causing permanent brain damage.
Where another person or entities negligence causes you harm, you may be
able to file a
personal injury lawsuit and recover damages for your injuries. A person or entity may
be considered negligent if they fail in their duty to act reasonably and
that failure causes another harm. Where a
wrongful death is involved, the families may be able to recover financial compensation.
Here, the Sacramento Superior Court evaluated whether the county was entitled
to immunity from the civil action. The court determined that it did not
and is allowing the case to proceed to allow the jury to determine whether
the county had a duty to warn the group home operators of the man's
Wrongful death actions can arise in many different ways. They may occur
as the result of a
car accident when someone drives recklessly or under the influence and kills a passenger
or other driver, or as the result of
surgical errors that lead to the death of a patient, or when a person or entity acts negligently
and breaches its duty of care.
If you have lost a loved one through a negligent or wrongful act, it is
important to contact an experienced San Francisco wrongful death attorney
immediately. Having a skilled
personal injury law firm on your side can benefit your family and provide comfort and advice during
this difficult time.
For more information contact the dedicated San Francisco personal injury
lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson for a confidential consultation.