The widow of a man shot in a Florida movie theater in 2014 is suing the theater where the shooting took place and one of its employees. She is seeking $15,000 in damages related to physical, economic and psychological damage after the incident, which started over the use of a cellphone. The suit claims that Cobb Theaters and an employee at the Wesley Chapel location failed to uphold its gun ban at the time of the incident.
The woman's husband was shot and killed by a 73-year-old man while the woman was shot in the hand. He is currently facing second-degree murder charges, but plans to invoke the state's "stand your ground" law as a defense. A hearing in April or May 2016 may determine if the charge will be dropped.
If an individual is killed because of the negligence of another party, the victim's surviving family members may have standing to file a wrongful death suit against the at-fault person or entity. Such a lawsuit may help the family obtain compensation for funeral and burial expenses and other damages allowed to be sought by the state's wrongful death statute.
Legal counsel may be able to help file the lawsuit before the applicable statute of limitations expires. It is important to note that the results of a criminal matter may have no bearing on the results of a civil matter. Therefore, if an individual invokes a self-defense law to win a criminal case, it doesn't mean that he or she would not be found liable in a civil case, as it has requires a lower burden of proof.