The Janssen Law Firm recently resolved a tragic wrongful death matter from the Hoopa area for the defendant’s policy limits. Michael Crowley of the Janssen Law Firm represented the adult children of Filmore Harvey, Sr., regarding his tragic death on December 16, 2009.
Mr. Harvey was run over by the defendant driver, who was driving under the influence at the time of the incident. The defendant is currently being prosecuted for vehicular manslaughter in Humboldt County Superior Court.
It is not uncommon for the underlying facts of a wrongful death case to also be the bases for a criminal prosecution. It is important for family members of the decedent in a wrongful death matter to understand the distinction between the two. The criminal prosecution is handled by the District Attorney’s Office with punishment determined by the court at the time of sentencing.
A wrongful death case is a civil action for damages to compensate the family members of the decedent for a loss of care, comfort, society and affection as a result of their loved one’s death. The purpose of a wrongful death lawsuit is not to “punish” the defendant, but rather to achieve compensation for the survivors for the loss of their loved one.
The Janssen Law attorneys are experienced in handling the difficult and emotionally stressful issues that accompany a wrongful death matter, and stand ready to assist your family in such a difficult time.