Death of any sort is never easy; it takes a toll on everyone involved. Wrongful death cases, however, always seem to be much harder to grasp.
Wrongful deaths are defined as the killing of a person due to the negligence or misconduct of another. That’s exactly what happened to Jamal Dunn, a 32 year-old disabled man.
On July 9, five teens — ages 14 to 16 — watched, filmed and laughed as Dunn drowned in a fenced-off pond. The teens filmed a minute-long video where they can be heard mocking and cursing at him.
The teens said things along the lines of that they weren’t going to go in and help him and that he shouldn’t have gone in there. As Dunn’s head went under the water for the last time another one of the teens casually says, “Oh, he just died,” as they fail to contact 911.
The Future for the Teens
Little can be done legally according to police and prosecutors. Though the teens’ actions — or lack of actions — had no moral explanation, they did not appear to break any laws, meaning they won’t have to call for the help of a lawyer unless Dunn’s fiancé decides she wants to sue for negligence.
Due to the fact that the group of kids watched and failed to make any attempts at saving Dunn’s life, Dunn’s fiancé and the rest of his family could sue for wrongful death.
In the event of wrongful death, calling a lawyer or attorney and suing the people responsible is the best way to make sure you get the compensation you deserve. Whether it is murder or an act of negligence, it is important to know your options so you never have to feel alone.
No one deserves to have someone taken from their lives unjustly. Call Robert J. DeBry & Associates in the case of an accident.