The loss of a loved one is typically devastating, especially if the death is caused by the negligence of another person. In many cases, the survivors will undergo a myriad of emotions as they try to deal with the fact that their beloved family member is no longer there for them to see or hold ever again. Surviving family members often choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit to pursue recovery of financial losses. A woman has filed a wrongful death suit after her husband was killed at the Colorado Motorcycle Expo earlier in the year.
The Expo, held annually, hosts bikers from all over the state, some of whom are members of biker clubs. According to a report, a fight broke out between members of different clubs. Seven people were injured in the brawl, and one man was killed after being shot by a state corrections officer who belonged to a rival club. An investigation after the incident led to a decision by the district attorney's office not to prosecute the corrections officer, as he claimed the shot was fired in self-defense and there were varied eyewitness accounts.
The deceased man's widow filed the suit not only against the corrections officer but also against the motorcycle club to which he belonged. The suit claims the national club promotes an aggressive response to provocation from those in other clubs. The Expo is also being sued, as there were allegedly no security measures in place for the event.
The process of a wrongful death lawsuit can be lengthy and emotionally draining with many factors taken into consideration. The state of Colorado provides for a time limit of two years after the death to file a claim. It is important to find legal representation that will work to obtain a satisfactory conclusion to a difficult situation.
Source: businessden.com, "BusinessDen Widow of biker slain in brawl sues for wrongful death", Amy Dipierro, Oct. 11, 2016