There's nothing more tragic than the untimely death of a loved one, especially when you have reason to believe that his or her death resulted from someone else's negligence or recklessness. While there's no way to ever truly compensate for such a loss, there are steps that family members can take to hold responsible parties accountable for their actions, such as filing a civil lawsuit with the help of an accident attorney

The family of a 37-year-old man from Las Cruces, New Mexico, who died following an altercation with law enforcement officials has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Las Cruces Police Department, three police officers and the city of Las Cruces, reports the Las Cruces Sun-News. 

According to the source, law enforcement officials shot Jose Estrada twice outside his home on July 2, 2013. He died at a nearby hospital later that day. The police offers reportedly said that they had seen Estrada point "a pellet gun that looked like an assault rifle" at them, which prompted them to act in self-defense. However, Estrada's family members claim that the 37-year-old was not armed with a lethal weapon and that the police officers delayed his access to potentially life-saving medical care. 

If someone you love has died due to a business's or individual's reckless or negligent behavior, consider filing a wrongful death lawsuit with the help of seasoned Kansas City injury attorneys. These knowledgeable, compassionate professionals can assess your claim, try your case in court and help you recover damages to which you may be entitled.