There's nothing more tragic than the untimely death of a loved one, especially when you have reason to believe that it resulted from another party's negligence or recklessness. The good news is that in these situations, there are steps you can take to hold responsible parties accountable for their actions, such as filing a civil lawsuit with the help of an accident attorney

The Associated Press reports that Bold Earth Teen Adventures and Hawaii Pack and Paddle recently reached a settlement with the family of a 15-year-old boy who died during a hiking and kayaking tour. 

The plaintiffs claimed that Tyler Madoff was swept out to sea after tour guides negligently led him and a group of other teenagers to a dangerous area. His body was never recovered. They also alleged that the trip's leader had been convicted of marijuana possession three times, and that Bold Earth Teen Adventures would have realized this if it had conducted a background check.

"We're just hoping that other families don't have to go through this. That was really the main thrust of this lawsuit. We don't really care about the money," said the victim's father, Michael, as noted by the news outlet.

Are you a Missouri resident who has lost someone you love due to an individual's or business's negligent or reckless behavior? If so, you owe it to yourself to find a personal injury attorney who will give you the care, attention and compassion that you deserve. These experienced professionals have the knowledge and skill set required to assess your claim, try your case in court and help you recover damages to which you may be entitled.