While death is never easy to cope with, it can be even more difficult for families in Texas who experience a sudden and unexpected event that could have been prevented, but ultimately led to the death of their loved one. During these difficult times, it can be exponentially more upsetting if what happened to the victims could have been mitigated with more responsible decision making from other people.
Recent lawsuits filed by the families of two victims in Oregon claim that the state’s negligence in releasing a psychiatric patient from the hospital ultimately led to the deaths of their family members. The man who they released from the hospital is accused of gunning down his ex-wife and later on, crashing head-on into another vehicle and killing the driver.
Families of both victims expressed dissatisfaction with the state’s decision to release the man when signs of his instability were exhibited through many visible warning signs. A psychologist also warned that the man was dangerous. The outcome of both lawsuits is yet to be determined. The man responsible for the killings is currently awaiting trial and has been deemed to be mentally competent to face the allegations.
If families are dealing with the loss of a loved one, presumably at the hands of another person’s negligence, they may benefit from hiring an attorney to help represent their case. With the help of a legal professional, they may have a better chance at getting compensation for the turmoil they have endured.
Source: The Bulletin, “Lawsuits: State is liable for releasing psychiatric patient accused of killing 2 people,” Aimee Green, Dec. 22, 2018