Greenville and Family Settle South Carolina Wrongful Death Lawsuit Involving Taser Death
The family of a 39-year-old schizophrenic man and the City of Greenville, SC have finally reached a settlement in a South Carolina wrongful death lawsuit.
In 2010, victim Andrew Orval Torres allegedly struggled hard enough with police officers, who were acting under a probate judge’s orders to take the schizophrenic family member to a hospital for treatment, that officers attempted to restrain Torres using tasers. However, the tasers ended up leading to Torres’s death.
According to the Greenville County coroner, Torres had an enlarged heart, which made him susceptible to cardiac arrhythmia and stress placed on his heart.
His family filed a South Carolina wrongful death lawsuit against the six police officers and the former police chief, Terri Wilfong. However, Wilfong retired as a police chief in April of this year, and was subsequently removed as a defendant from the wrongful death lawsuit.
The family filed the South Carolina wrongful death lawsuit against the Greenville police force for use of excessive force by deploying multiple Tasers over an extended time and improper physical restraint technique.” The family also alleged that defendants violated Torres’s constitutional rights and that Wilfong, as the Greenville police chief, “failed to promulgate adequate policies and failed to supervise her subordinates who use unconstitutional levels of force in taking mentally ill citizens into protective custody.”
Neither the family nor the city would disclose the terms of the wrongful death settlement, but plaintiff’s attorneys confirmed that an agreement was reached on Monday, September 22nd.
The family reported that they had warned Greenville police that Torres was prone to paranoid episodes and would refuse to cooperate when his medication stopped working. “They were also on notice that confrontational and aggressive tactics were counter-productive in peacefully taking Andrew into custody and produced a physical reaction of passive resistance to avoid being taken to the hospital,” the South Carolina wrongful death lawsuit stated.
Defendants said initially that they would specifically allege and show unto the court that Torres had a pattern and practice of hostile, threatening or unlawful behavior toward members of his family and/or the public, and of engaging in violent, aggressive and unlawful behavior toward law enforcement.”
Three officers involved in the incident were cleared of wrongdoing in Torres’s death.
Wrongful Death Lawsuits in South Carolina
The unexpected loss of a loved is a very painful experience. While mourning their loss, surviving family members are often with mounting medical bills, the loss of an income, and sudden expenses such as hospital bills and funeral costs.
If a loved one dies as a result of the negligence, reckless, or intentional conduct of another, you may be entitled to bring a claim for wrongful death. A wrongful death lawsuit filed asserts a claim against a person who can be held legally responsible for a death. Surviving family members may be entitled to damages; money that can help with the expenses caused by the loss of their loved one.
Depending upon the circumstances, our South Carolina wrongful death attorneys may also assert a claim for punitive damages intended to punish the wrongdoer and deter others from engaging in such behavior.
The Strom Law Firm Can Help with Wrongful Death Lawsuit
The South Carolina wrongful death lawyers at the Strom Law Firm, LLC, will help you during this extremely difficult and emotional time. You do not have to face the emotional and financial pain of a loved one’s wrongful death alone. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed through no fault of your own, contact the South Carolina wrongful death attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, LLC today for a free, no-cost consultation today. 803.252.4800