Last month, a man went on a shooting rampage in the salon where his ex-wife worked. Driven by what many believe was anger over a custody dispute, he shot and killed eight individuals in and around the salon. Though he has already been criminally charged, he has also been named in several wrongful death lawsuits.
The first lawsuit was filed by the family of the man's ex-wife. She had been styling a friend's hair when the shooting occurred. Her family, mourning their loss, is seeking compensation for their loss as well as to help with some of the expenses that have arisen suddenly.
The family of another victim of the shootings has also sued the man for the wrongful death of their loved one. The victim had been getting her hair done when the man burst into the salon. She was the second person shot in the rampage and, according to her husband, suffered much pain in the moments before her death.
At this point, more families of the shooting victims could come forward with lawsuits as well. There were six other people killed in the shooting.
Wrongful death lawsuits such as these can help a family move on from an unexpected death in a number of ways. First, this type of lawsuit can hold the negligent or careless person responsible for his or her actions. In addition, financial compensation can help a family with things like funeral expenses and medical bills.
While monetary compensation will never reverse what happened that day in Orange County, it can help the victims' loved ones move forward with their lives.
Source: The Orange County Register: "Seal Beach shooting: Second family files suit," Doug Irving, Nov. 7, 2011
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