Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Eutawville for Shooting Death Reaches Settlement Agreement
The wrongful death lawsuit filed on behalf of a shooting victim in Eutawville reached a settlement on April 29th.
The family of Bernard Bailey, 54 years old at the time he was shot by a former Eutawville police officer, agreed to settle with the Town of Eutawville for $400,000. As part of the settlement, the family will drop the wrongful death lawsuit against the township.
On May 2nd, 2011, Bailey went to the Eutawville police department to check on the status of a ticket that had been issued to his daughter. When he arrived at the department, then Police Chief Richard Combs said that there was an outstanding warrant for Bailey’s arrest due to obstruction of justice. After an exchange between Combs and Bailey, during which Bailey’s family alleges that the former police chief used several racial epithets, Bailey got into his car to leave. Reportedly, that is when Combs followed Bailey and shot him three times as the man drove out of the parking lot.
Combs contended that he had been trapped between Bailey’s truck and another vehicle’s door at the time of the shooting. Regardless, Combs was put on administrative leave, then was dismissed later that year for excessive use of force.
Federal investigators decided in 2013 not to file any criminal charges against Combs in connection with the shooting. However, the family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Eutawville the year before, adding that they had never seen a warrant for Bailey’s arrest, and they had been surprised that one had been issued.
The family agreed to a civil settlement of $400,000.
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 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 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