The death of a family member is tragic no matter what the circumstances, but it can be especially difficult to overcome when it's the result of an accident that could have easily been prevented. If you believe that your loved one died due to an individual or business's recklessness or negligence, you may have grounds to file a civil lawsuit, so it's in your best interest to consult personal injury lawyers as soon as possible. 

According to ChicoER, a California-based news outlet, the family of a young boy who died at Lassen Volcanic National Park in 2009 recently reached a settlement with the U.S. Government after filing a wrongful death lawsuit. 

The source states that 9-year-old Tommy Botell was on a hike with his family when he and his sister sat down on a mortar wall for a family photograph. The wall crumbled underneath them, killing Tommy and leaving his sister seriously injured. 

The plaintiffs claimed that employees working at Lassen Volcanic National Park left the trail open in spite of knowing that the wall posed a risk to visitors, thus violating important park safety guidelines. 

"The court also found Lassen Park intentionally demolished the remaining portions of the retaining wall before investigators could examine it," reports the news outlet. 

If one of your family members has died as a result of negligent behavior and you live in Missouri, consider finding a personal injury lawyer who will work hard on your behalf. These experienced and locally based professionals can assess your claim, try your case in court and help you recover damages to which you may be entitled.