In Florida, Pompano Beach resident Marie Anderson is suing the city of Ft. Lauderdale for wrongful death. She claims that police officers would not help her husband, who had been shot, and he bled to death.
In October 2006, Chad Randall was at a barbecue in Ft. Lauderdale when a stray bullet struck him. He was placed in an SUV and was on his way to the hospital when someone saw police and tried to flag them down.
Anderson says that police refused to help Randall, and instead, patted down the occupants of the SUV and ran a check for warrants. Four of the men who had tried to save Randall say it took 1-2 hours before help finally came. A spokesperson for the police department, however, says that any allegations that police would not contact EMS immediately are not true.
Randall leaves behind his wife, and their 6 and 7 year old children. Randall and Anderson were childhood sweethearts.
Wrongful Death Survivors
In Florida, surviving family members of a person killed because of another’s negligence may be able to file for wrongful death compensation. Husbands, wives, sons, daughter, and others that were dependent on the deceased for services or support are considered “survivors.”
Damages recovered for wrongful death may include:
• Lost wages (income and benefits the decedent would have earned)
• Loss of support and services
• Loss of companionship
• Pain and suffering
• Loss of parental companionship
• The decedent’s medical and funeral costs
Surviving family members have two years from the time of death to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Our Florida wrongful death firm has helped many Florida families obtain their recovery. We have law offices in Miami, Port. St. Lucie, and West Palm Beach.
Woman claims police let husband bleed to death in SUV, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, June 13, 2008