The death of a loved one is devastating. Even more tragic when the loss is a result of a careless, unimaginable, but preventable act cause by another. The law often refers to such deaths as “wrongful.” Schools are meant to be safe havens that foster the academic and intellectual growth of our kids. Unfortunately with recent school shootings, they sometimes can become a place of terror. In Feb 2012, T.J. Lane an Ohio teen, gunned down 6 students at Chardon High School, leaving 3 dead and 3 others injured. In this case, the Ohio families were recently awarded $890,000 each in their wrongful death suits. Lane’s actions have permanently affected the lives of those injured, those who lost their lives, their family members and surrounding communities. The families deserved compensation for the preventable, wrongful deaths of their loved ones.
A Start to Rebuilding Life
The subject of gun control laws in America is a controversial topic and cause for much political debate. However, one thing that is agreed upon is that firearms should never be in the hands of emotionally volatile teens, who may choose to kill and leave the lives of those who survived shattered. After such an act, life is never the same. A wrongful death suit will never bring back lost lives, but it may help hold responsible parties accountable and ensure kids have less access to deadly firearms in the future. A large sum award, like the $2.7 million dollar judgment against the family of T.J. Lane, could serve as a deterrent. For this reason the Geauga County Juvenile Court judge trying Lane’s case decided to make the settlement public, hoping to send a message to adults raising kids about consequences of youth access to firearms.
Winning a wrongful death lawsuit is not meant to replace the lives or take back the injuries that occurred in the Chardon High School cafeteria. A large award or settlement can, however, help with some of the realistic cost associated with a family’s tragedy and be a positive step toward helping those families who have experienced tragedy piece together life, as they know it now. If you or anyone that you know would like to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit in Ohio, please contact Robert W. Kerpsack, Attorney at Law in order to begin the process of rebuilding. We will fight for you!