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Judge orders mediation in Tennessee wrongful death suit

It is always tragic when it happens, but the actions of other people can harm us whether or not they intend it. Criminal law helps find and punish the people who have hurt others through malice or negligence. But victims and their families often feel left out to dry.

Civil cases for financial damages are often a way to solve these problems as much as they can be solved. Unlike the criminal focus on an offender's debt to society, civil suits can resolve debts to people for pain and suffering.

Mediation is also an opportunity to resolve these debts if the parties involved may agree on damages with the help of a trained mediator. Judges may recommend that disputants attempt mediation before taking a case to trail.

A judge in Knoxville's U.S. District Court has ordered mediation in a case management conference, which involves both sides of the claim along with legal representation. The case involves the survivors of a 25-year-old who allegedly died after injuries during illegal detention by a sheriff's deputy.

The lawsuit centers on the issues of the deputy's rights to stop the victim, who apparently resembled another man with an outstanding warrant for assaulting a police officer. The victim allegedly resisted, according to the defendant, who took him to the ground and struck his head on the pavement. The man died the next day of his injuries.

Victims of deadly assault or negligence may have a case for wrongful death and the possibility of financial damages to help families move on. An attorney on the case may increase the chances of a suit's success.

Source: Citizen Tribune, "Judge orders mediation in wrongful death suit against Blount deputy," Wes Wade, accessed May 15, 2018

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