When someone is killed as the result of another person’s negligence or mistake, the family of the victim may have a legal right to seek compensation for their loss from the liable party; however, proving such a case can be difficult and medical records are often used as evidence.
Take the Oklahoma wrongful death lawsuit that was filed against a former police officer. The family of the victim claims the officer used excessive force in subduing their loved one and medical records show his actions were directly related to the victim’s death.
According to Color Lines, the officer responded to a call on May 1, 2013, of a 39-year-old mentally ill man who needed medical assistance. The man refused to be taken to the hospital in the police officer’s cruiser, so the officer and three others forcefully subdued the man by tying his hands and feet behind his back in the “hogtie” position.
The man soon collapsed and was taken to a local hospital where he was declared dead. Medical records from an autopsy showed the contact that was made with police officers was an aggravating factor in his death.
At Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys, we know how difficult the loss of a loved one can be. That’s why our Oklahoma personal injury lawyers are hopeful a decision in this case will bring a sense of closure to the family of the victim.