The court-ordered drug treatment of a Florida man was the first link in a chain of events that ultimately resulted in wrongful death lawsuits against multiple parties. The man had been sentenced by the court to spend six months in a residential treatment facility. Allegedly, Narconon of Georgia, a facility in Norcross, led this man and his family to believe that it provided in-patient drug treatment, but it was not properly licensed. While receiving treatment at the facility in 2009, the man died from a lethal combination of drugs and alcohol.
The parents of the deceased filed a lawsuit against the facility following his death, and the case has recently been settled out of court. However, the attorney representing the deceased's family continues to research other parties that may have played a role in his death through their negligent or intentional actions. He has stated that a second suit against the Church of Scientology, which is affiliated with Narconon, may be pursued.
The unfortunate events surrounding this man's death have resulted in considerable pain and suffering for his family, and they may also be affected by medical expenses, funeral experiences and other costs associated with his treatment and death. The settlement of their wrongful death case may have provided them with financial compensation after this tragic event.
Those who have lost someone close as a result of the negligent or intentional actions of another person or company may consider filing a wrongful death claim. While a lawsuit may not erase the pain and suffering that they have endured, it may provide financial compensation as well as closure after the event. A personal injury attorney may help a victim's family explore their options.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Narconon settles wrongful death suit by legal challenges remain ", Christian Boone, Feb. 11, 2013