It is a terrible tragedy when a family loses a child, no matter the cause. When that death is at the hands of another, a family may be seeking answers and wondering what options they have to help them recover for the loss of a loved one. A child's death that occurs due to the misconduct of another may be cause for a wrongful death lawsuit, which may be able to provide some measure of comfort for a grieving family.
A Texas family whose teenage son was beaten to death announced plans to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the Dallas Independent School District and the Dallas County Juvenile Department on the one-year anniversary of his March 24, 2014 death. The young man died from injuries suffered after another student allegedly beat him severely. The students got into an argument regarding a disagreement about a video game.
The deceased and the alleged perpetrator had been recruited to play high school basketball and were living in a school district separate from their families. The family contends that the school district failed to enforce its stated recruiting polices, based on allegations that the basketball coach visited their son while he was residing as a juvenile residency facility in violation of the facility's "family only" visitation policy. The victim's family alleges the school district and the juvenile department behaved in a negligent manner with regards to their son's care and custody that resulted in his ultimate death.
When a loved one dies due to another's wrongdoing, the victim's family may look into the possibility of receiving compensation for their loss. Dallas residents will surely hope that this grieving family finds some comfort for their pain.
Source: nbcdfw.com, "Family of fatally beaten teen files wrongful death lawsuit," Todd L. Davis, March, 24, 2015