The family of Annie Le has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Yale University. Le was murdered two years ago, on campus, by Raymond Clark, III, an animal research technician who worked in the same building, pleaded guilty to murdering Le in March and was sentenced to 44 years in prison. The lawsuit, filed in Connecticut Superior Court in New Haven, claims Yale failed to adequately protect women for years, accusing the college of insufficiently addressing incidents of sexual harassment and sexual assault on campus. Full article.
Wrongful death is a claim against a person who can be held liable for a death that is brought in a civil action, usually by close relatives. New York’s wrongful death statute, EPTL §5-4.1, provides that the personal representative of the estate has the right to sue for pecuniary loss on behalf of the distributees. Damages are determined by the court in an amount it deems to be fair and just compensation for pecuniary injuries resulting from the decedent’s death. It calls attention to reasonable expenses for medical aid, nursing, and funeral expenses, “in addition to every other lawful element.” Punitive damages, designed to punish the defendant in cases of recklessness or depravity, are allowed. A wrongful death cause of action must be filed within two years of the date of death. It is important to consult with an experienced estate attorney if you believe you have a possible wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of your loved one.
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