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Honoring a Victim and Her Survivors in a Wrongful Death Case

Posted on Tue, Nov 18, 2014 @ 2:00 PM

We think it’s critical to remember what this statistic represents: each alcohol-related death happened to a special person with hopes, dreams, and goals someone with loved ones whose lives will forever be affected by such a tragedy. So as wrongful death attorneys, we always want to learn as much as possible about the individuals involved. That way we can obtain the best possible outcome for all.

A family is forever changed

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Helping One Family Move On After a Wrongful Death

Posted on Fri, Nov 14, 2014 @ 10:11 AM

It’s a natural human tendency to make assumptions and draw conclusions based on preconceived ideas or personal biases. One wrongful death case of ours not only illustrates this tendency, but demonstrates that some good can come from a tragedy as long as we set our preconceived notions aside and invest some extra time to discover the underlying facts of a case. 

Death of a child

This case involved a 9-year-old boy named John*. One afternoon John was playing with two of his friends at a vacant house in his impoverished neighborhood. Because the house was in disrepair, one of John’s friends was able to pull a spindle from the porch’s railing. For fun, the friend used the spindle to bang on one of the porch supports, which eventually gave way, causing the roof to collapse, crushing John and killing him.

It was a deep tragedy. And when John’s family sought legal support from several other wrongful death attorneys, they were told there wasn’t a case—that the boys were vandalizing the property and that such an event, albeit tragic, was essentially their own fault. 

Fortunately, for a number of reasons we took the case and, in the process, uncovered the truth underlying this tragedy.

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