The family of Trayvon Martin, the young boy who was shot to death near his father’s home in Florida last year, have reached a settlement in the wrongful death lawsuit that they filed against the homeowner’s association in which his father’s house was located.
This case was highly publicized because a volunteer neighborhood watch person shot the teenage boy who did not appear to be doing anything to make the shooter have reason to be alarmed. The man who shot him, George Zimmerman, claimed to have shot Trayvon only after being attacked by the young boy but many people do not believe that this was accurate. There was no weapon on the young boy and he just had a beverage and snack with him from a quick trip to a convenience store.
The current settlement that was just made was not related to the criminal lawsuit against George Zimmerman or related to a civil lawsuit against him, and only involved the civil lawsuit against the homeowner’s association. According to the Huffington Post, the exact amount that the homeowner’s association settled the lawsuit for is unknown but it is believed to have been for over one million dollars.
The family of Trayvon sued the homeowner’s association because they felt that the homeowner’s association was partially responsible for the shooting of their son. It is unclear exactly what responsibility Trayvon’s family believed the homeowner’s association had in the death of their son, but in a wrongful death situation multiple parties may be named as defendants if there is evidence of wrongdoing on their part. Suing the homeowner’s association does not bar the family of the victim from suing other people they also believe to be responsible for the wrongful death. Entering into a settlement agreement, like the homeowner’s association did, does not mean that the defendant is admitting to any wrongdoing.
If a loved one was killed and you believe it was the fault of another person or persons, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the person or persons you feel are responsible. Please contact our Illinois wrongful death attorneys today to discuss what legal options and legal remedies may be available to you and the rest of your family. Please call our office as soon as possible because there is a time limit on how long after a wrongful death occurs that the family of the victim can file a lawsuit against those responsible for the wrongful death.