Rainier, Washington wrongful death jury awards victim’s family $4.37 million

The Olympian reports that a jury’s ruling finds that Donald Skewis must pay Scott Keith’s family $4.37 million in wrongful death damages after Skewis killed Keith in a dispute over property. Keith was killed on McIntosh Lane near Rainier in 2004. Keith and Skewis disputed access and maintenance of a public easement between their properties.

No criminal charges were filed in connection with the shooting but the civil trial jury found that there was not enough evidence that Skewis was justified in his killing of Keith. Keith was armed with an aluminum baseball bat when he was shot. Skewis shot Keith with two different guns.

A wrongful death suit can be brought if a person dies because of the negligence or wrongful act of another. Wrongful death cases can involved car accidents, boat accidents, medical malpractice, work injuries or criminal attacks.

If you are suffering the loss of a loved one due to the negligence of another, you should contact a skilled personal injury attorney with experience in wrongful death cases. The Farber Law Group has more than 30 years experience and is skilled in navigating Washington State’s wrongful death statute.

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