Illegal activities may be part of a wrongful death lawsuit. Recently, the father of a 37-year-old man who died from a fentanyl overdose filed a personal injury lawsuit against two men in China who allegedly supplied the drug which ultimately reached his son.
The plaintiff’s son became addicted to prescription opioids after a rollerblading accident. He later used heroin. His family thought that he was using heroin instead of fentanyl.
According to the lawsuit, the defendants’ network in China sent the fentanyl to the peddler who then sold it to his son. The peddler was later convicted and sentenced to 20 years imprisonment.
The son died from the overdose on March 21, 2015.
The lawsuit was filed as the federal government took actions. The U.S. Treasure placed extensive sanctions on associates of one of the defendant’s drug organizations in July. In 2019, the U.S. government imposed similar sanctions on him and his family which will deny them access to this nation’s financial system and are intended to freeze their assets in this country.
The defendants were also indicted in 2018 in a 43-count indictment in the federal district court in Cleveland. Prosecutors claimed they shipped up to 250 forms of narcotics to 25 countries and 37 U.S. states.
The indictment also claimed that one of the defendant’s was responsible for the plaintiff’s son’s death. Prosecutors charged that the street peddler sought the drugs through the internet.
These defendants remain at large. The plaintiff claims that the Chinese government has done nothing to locate the drug organization or prevent the stem of its drugs.
The lawsuit was filed in Summit County under Ohio’s wrongful death law. Normally, the statute of limitations is two years. But the plaintiff argued this can be lengthened because he did not learn of the defendants’ role in his son’s death until years later.
The most difficult issue may be locating the defendants and bringing them to this country for the lawsuit and federal charges. If they do not appear, the plaintiff must prove their case before a judge while a default judgment may be entered against the defendants. Damages could be collected from assets frozen by the government.
Victims of criminal activity or negligence or their families may be entitled to damages and compensation. An attorney can help pursue this right.