On behalf of Weisman, Kennedy & Berris Co., L.P.A. posted in Wrongful Death on Friday, May 3, 2013.

Ohio law enforcement is responsible for protecting the rights of citizens, and they are expected to treat everyone fairly, including those who may be in violation of the law. Unfortunately, sometimes people in police custody are harmed, and in some cases, law enforcement agencies are faced with wrongful death lawsuits.

Fremont law enforcement arrested a man who was allegedly under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Later that evening, the man showed signs of health problems that required immediate medical attention. The man died while he was being transported to a local hospital. The man’s family, however, has a different account of the events leading up to his death. Following an investigation, the man’s family blamed law enforcement, alleging that the authorities’ rough handling of the man caused his death. However, this determination was made by an expert hired by the man’s family and may not have been credible.

Nevertheless, the man’s family members filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the local law enforcement agencies that were involved. The results of county coroner’s examination, which indicated that the man likely died of a drug overdose, contradicted the private investigator’s findings. The man’s chronic health problems may have also contributed to his death. As a result of the coroner’s findings, the court dismissed the family members’ case.

When family members experience the loss of a loved one, they often want answers. Family members may be entitled to compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. An attorney may be able to help in these circumstances.

Source: The News-Messenger, “Decision: Wrongful death case dismissed,” April 20, 2013