As we've noted previously on this blog, sometimes criminal trials aren't the only means of pursuing justice against an individual who is responsible for the death of a loved one. In certain cases, families may want to consider finding a personal injury lawyer who can help them determine whether they have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit, as this can ensure that they are financially compensated for their loss. 

According to CBS News, 32-year-old New Mexico resident Levi Chavez — a former police officer — was recently found not guilty after being charged with the murder of his wife, 26-year-old Tera Chavez, who died in 2007. 

Now, reports KRQE News 13, the victim's family may opt to resume the wrongful death lawsuit they filed in 2008 that has been put on hold throughout the duration of the criminal trial. 

If the civil lawsuit concludes in the plaintiffs' favor, the news outlet states that Chavez may have to pay damages using "whatever assets exist in his family or in the insurance policies that are still out there or in any proceeds that are generated for the next 14 years," according to the attorney representing the victim's family. 

In the event that your loved one dies due to another individual's negligent behavior, it may be in your best interest to file a wrongful death lawsuit. To get this process started, consider finding a personal injury lawyer in Missouri who you can count on to work tirelessly on your behalf. These experienced professionals can assess your claim, try your case in court and help you recover damages.