Re: Karft Group settles in lawsuit
posted at 11/14/2013 8:12 PM EST
In response to CablesWyndBairn's comment:
Some thoughts about this, since I (unfortunately) have a close friend whose child died. These are just my opinions based on observing my friend's situation from afar:
1) A personal injury lawyer got involved early and I'm sure the calls the parents got from potential lawyers was more than a few. The lawyer fees - if they successfully sue - are staggering, believe up to 1/3 of the settlement.
2) Even if the parents don't want to sue initially, as part of the grieving process they eventually become more angry and vulnerable. See comment #1, attorneys are persistent and the parents' state of mind and outlook gradually moves toward making something positive out of a tragic situation. Trust me on this.
3) A parent involved in a loss like this is in the state of mind to feel like they "need to do something". I don't blame the parents, they'll never get over their loss and it's not really about the money to them. It's about justice and, right or wrong, they're going to do something to change the way things happen in Gillette's parking lot. Those parents don't want to see something like this happen to anyone else's family, and if the Kraft Group implements a system to better police its property that's a win in the eyes of the parents. (Note: I agree with those who say that no matter what, the Krafts can't be responsible for the conduct of every last person on their property.)
Just my opinion based on having to witness a similar situation. I severely doubt the money means anything to the parents. But I'd bet part of the settlement had something to do with changes to Gillette's security policy, whether or not if it will make a difference.
Lawyers in the U.S. are not permitted to solicit accident victims or their relatives. Doesn't mean it doesn't happen from time to time through a friend of a friend or whatever, but the penalties can include disbarment. So more than likely the parents had to make the first call. An exception is if the lawyer had a prior relationship with the parents.
Any sort of pestering as suggested is definitely verboten.