San Francisco and Other Federal Agencies Face Wrongful Death Claims

The parents of a 32-year old woman who was shot and killed on a San Francisco pier this year have filed wrongful death claims against certain government officials, claiming that they failed to perform their duties and that such negligence led to the death of their daughter.

Details of the Incident

Kathryn Steinle was walking along the pier when the alleged shooter Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez fired a gun that randomly hit Kathryn. Preliminary investigation showed that the bullet that hit Kathryn ricocheted upon skipping off the concrete before hitting her back. The gun was allegedly stolen and the alleged shooter appeared to have a history of convictions for drug crimes and for illegally entering the United States.

The claims are directed at Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi for allegedly releasing Lopez-Sanchez, an undocumented immigrant, without informing the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as he should have. ICE as well is being pursued for failing to hold and deport the alleged shooter upon his release from county jail. The Bureau of Land Management’s involvement in the claim has to do with the weapon which was allegedly stolen while in the Bureau’s possession.

The family maintains that they are seeking damages in order to prevent similar situations from happening in the future.

Claiming Damages for Wrongful Death

When you lose a loved one through the wrongful or negligent actions of another person or persons, you may be entitled to damages for the wrongful death of the decedent.

Two types of damages may be covered by compensation in a wrongful death claim. These include:

  • Economic damages such as burial expenses, medical bills incurred before the death of the decedent and loss of financial contribution that the claimant used to receive from the decedent before his/her death
  • Non-economic damages such as for the loss of love, guidance, companionship, and comfort

Persons Entitled to Wrongful Death Compensation

In California, only certain persons may claim compensation for wrongful death of their loved ones. They are the:

  • Children
  • Spouse
  • Parents

The untimely death of a loved one can be an emotionally challenging time when filing a claim against the negligent parties can overwhelm the surviving family members. In Southern California, MCIS Lawyers have over 40 years of combined personal injury law experience, helping families recover and move on from the wrongful death of their loved ones.

We invite you to call our offices at (818) 999-1184 to discuss your case in a free consultation with one our attorneys.


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