Punitive Damages as Punishment | Chattanooga Wrongful Death Lawyers
When an individual is killed by the deliberate or negligent act of another person or persons it’s considered a “wrongful death.” Chattanooga wrongful deaths lawsuits can be filed by the victim’s surviving family members or beneficiaries, and the money they’re awarded can go toward covering medical and funeral expenses. The suit can also provide a family with compensation for work wages that they’ll no longer receive due to their loved one’s untimely death.
This money will never replace the lost family member, but it can ensure that the family isn’t financially burdened by the death. But what can be done to try and prevent a similar tragedy in the future? Punitive damages are sometimes awarded in Chattanooga wrongful death cases, and are intended as a punishment to deter the defendant or others from repeating the destructive actions.
Punitive Damages Awarded in Tennessee Wrongful Death Cases
In June of 2000, a 3-month-old in Bristol, TN passed away after suffering fatal broken bone and head injuries. The baby’s father was soon arrested in connection to the murder, eventually pled guilty to beating his child to death, and was sentenced to 25 years. The mother of the child filed a civil wrongful death suit against her ex-husband and was awarded $6 million in compensatory damages and another $10 million in punitive damages. She hopes the hefty financial punishment will send a powerful warning to the community of the consequence of child abuse.
Another Tennessee wrongful death suit was successfully won in Memphis after an apartment fire took the life of a four-year-old. The fire was found to be avoidable since the apartment owners had been receiving complaints from tenants for months leading up to the deadly fire. Tenants reported sparking and smoking outlets amongst other electric issues. A Tennessee jury awarded the family of the child killed in the negligent fire $2.75 million.
Another case in Crossville, TN saw a mother awarded $5 million in punitive damages after her son was shot to death along with a Roane County Deputy. The case was filed by the mother in 2007 against the two men that unloaded 30 shots at the patrol car where her son was sitting. It only took the Cumberland County jury 15 minutes to return a verdict that levied $2.5 million in punitive damages against both men.
Chattanooga Wrongful Death Lawyers
The Insiders at the McMahan Law Firm make a special investment when building a Chattanooga wrongful death case. If you’ve had a loved one killed by the negligence or maliciousness of another person, you have the right to pursue compensation, and the Insiders can help.
Juries need a lot of evidence and information in order to award large sums to the families of Chattanooga wrongful death victims. The experienced and thorough wrongful death attorneys at the McMahan Law Firm know Tennessee law, they know wrongful death lawsuits, and they know what it takes to get you the maximum compensation.
Contact the Insiders at the McMahan Law Firm today and let them get started on your Chattanooga wrongful death case with a free consultation.
Source. TimesNews.net, ‘http://www.timesnews.net/article/9043361/mother-hopes-wrongful-death-verdict-against-child39s-father-sends-a-message,’ March 6, 2012.
Source. Crossville-Chronicle, ‘http://crossville-chronicle.com/local/x733695912/Jury-awards-5-45-million-in-death-lawsuit,’ Michael R. Moser, April 20, 2012.