People fall victims to unfortunate circumstances like a shooting. In some cases, these situations might alter a person’s life drastically. There is a need to award compensations and settlements where possible in the event that this happened due to no fault of the victim.
We have mentioned before about the rise in armed robberies, especially in Philadelphia and you might have read in the newspapers or seen it on the television. It is important for victims to know that you can seek legal help and get compensation as seen in these settlements to follow.
Shooting Settlements Paid To Victims
The following are some of the largest settlements that were awarded to some shooting victims:
1. $6.5 Million Settlement For A Police Shooting In South Carolina
This settlement was approved by a city in South Carolina. That is following a case whereby Walter Scott was shot down by a police officer and yet Mr Scott was unarmed. This situation unraveled some time earlier in the year in
2015 after Mr Scott tried to run at a traffic stop. The events before and after the shooting were recorded by a bystander and were later presented as evidence. The officer who fired the gun at the unarmed Walter Scott was charged with murder. Scott, unfortunately, succumbed to the injuries and he died. The settlement does not bring Scott back but it helps a little bit with the healing process.
2. $2.3 Million In A Settlement In Madison
In Madison, Wisconsin a $2.3 million settlement was reached with the family of Paul Heenan. The actual shooting
occurred back in 2012 but the settlement was reached upon in 2015. Paul Heenan was shot and killed on November 9th, 2012 after he entered his neighbor’s house by accident. He was coming back from a party where he had been drinking alcohol. The entire amount of the settlement is going to come from the city’s insurance company since the liability of the officer involved was covered by the same insurance.
3. $6.7 Million Settlement For An Accidental Shooting
A $6.7 million settlement for an accidental shooting was awarded in the city of Oxnard. Twenty-one-year-old Alfonso Limon was gunned down by multiple officers on Oct. 13, 2012. Alfonso Limon and his brother Gerardo Limon were walking home after working out at Pacifica High School when Oxnard police officers started shooting at them. Alfonso Limon is reported to have had 16 to 21 bullet wounds.
4. $1.5 Million Settlement For A Smithtown Shooting
$1.5 million settlement for a man who was shot in Smithtown in Suffolk County. Suffolk County agreed to pay a sum amounting to $1.5 million to a Smithtown man who was gunned down by mistake by a police officer during a search for suspects in a fast-food store robbery in 2010 in Huntington Station.
5. $5 Million Settlement By Los Angeles County
Earlier in 2015 a $5 million settlement by the Los Angeles County Council was approved for the shooting of a veteran. This incident occurred on national television in a barrage of gunfire at the end of a wild pursuit in downtown L.A. The gunned down National Guard veteran was unarmed during the incidence.