There have been recent updates in the Florida case where an individual was killed while he was being arrested by Key West police officers. According to national news reports, the man died on the morning of Thanksgiving in 2013 by what appeared to be asphyxiation. The officers who were involved in the arrest claimed that the man ran away from the police and then subsequently collapsed. However, video footage reveals that the man surrendered before police were anywhere near him. Additional footage also showed that the man’s face was covered in sand, which was contrary to what the police reported.
The man’s family brought a wrongful death suit against the City of Key West police related to his death. The parties began negotiations in an attempt to avoid a lengthy and emotional trial. An initial settlement agreement has been reached but is still awaiting approval from a judge. The police force has stated that this settlement agreement was a business decision rather than an admission of guilt or wrongdoing.
Attorney’s Assistance in Florida Settlement Negotiations
When an individual has been injured as a result of another’s negligence, they may consider bringing a civil personal injury or wrongful death suit against the culpable party. These lawsuits require a significant amount of research, investigation, and preparation. Although it is a common misconception that these suits always go to trial, it is actually far more common that they are settled prior to that.
Settlement negotiations are favored by the judicial system and in most circumstances plaintiffs, defendants, and their attorneys as well. Reaching a settlement negates the need for a long, drawn-out, emotionally grueling trial and instead allows the parties to move on from the event in a more timely manner.
An attorney can assist the victim or their family in preparing for settlement negotiations. Attorneys can prepare documents, interview witnesses, and use their experience and skill in presenting the most favorable settlement to the other party and finally to the judge. It is important to note that even if both parties reach an agreement, it still needs to be approved by a judge. If there are any problems at that stage, the assistance of an attorney is extremely useful.
Have You or a Loved One Been Injured Because of Another’s Negligence?
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed because of another’s negligence, it is highly recommended that you contact one of our Florida attorneys to help evaluate your case. An attorney can assist you in understanding your rights and remedies. Additionally, the attorneys at the Dean Law Firm have experience in filing complaints and presenting settlement offers. Your settlement offer can encompass monetary compensation for your past medical bills, future medical expenses, pain and suffering, and possibly punitive damages related to the injuries you sustained as a result of the accident. Furthermore, even if your case is unable to be settled, the attorneys at the Dean Law Firm can handle your case if litigation is necessary. Contact the Dean Law Firm today at 352-387-8700 to schedule a free initial consultation.
More Blog Posts:
Canadian Motorcyclist Killed in Accident in Florida, Ocala Injury Lawyers Blog, published January 22, 2015.
Florida Police Patrol Car Gets into Accident with SUV, Ocala Injury Lawyers Blog, published December 13, 2014.