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Settlement Reached in Lynchburg After Man Died in Police Custody

The City of Lynchburg in Virginia, (VA), has reached a settlement in a wrongful death case brought by the family of a man who died in police custody.

The family of Clarence Beard Jr. filed the $12.5 million lawsuit against seven police officers. Circuit Court Clerk Eugene Winfield told the News & Advance that the two sides agreed to the settlement in the wrongful death case this week. Details of the settlement were not released.

Beard died of heart failure while he was restrained in police custody outside his home at the James Crossing apartments on September 24, 2006. The News & Advance reported on a fight in which Beard was hogtied and laid face down on the ground.

Our experienced Virginia Beach wrongful death attorneys deal with numerous cases where someone else may be to blame for a death by an act or an omission. Many of these deaths occur on the road, such as the tragic death of Daniel Park, 23, of Herndon, Virginia (VA), who was killed in a hit-and-run accident. Daniel's young life was cut short when got out of a car and was hit by a taxi cab that left the scene.

As experienced wrongful death attorneys we also see lives lost in industrial accidents. Recently our attorneys reported on how APM Terminals in Portsmouth, Virginia, recorded its seventh work related fatality when a forklift driver drove over a stevedore.

Sadly there are also cases where those charged with enforcing the law, appear to have gone too far. Recently our attorneys reported how a county in Washington (WA) reached a $10 million settlement with a man who suffered a severe traumatic brain injury after a sheriff's deputy shoved him into a wall.

Our wrongful death attorneys have an impressive track record in obtaining results in these cases. In 2006 we secured a $2.4 million award to the family of a father of four who was hit and killed by a tractor trailer in rural Virginia.


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