NASCAR three time champion Tony Stewart is still waiting to hear if he will be charged with the death of 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr. who lost his life at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on August 9th. Ward got out of his racing car ready to confront Stewart while under caution. He was subsequently hit by Stewart resulting in his demise.
The Sheriff of Ontario County, Philip Povero, reported his office had finished their investigation and have presented their report to the district attorney’s office for a final decision.
The question is whether Stewart recklessly acted in a manner that resulted in the death of Ward. Stewart could face a charge of 2nd degree manslaughter if the prosecution thinks they can prove Stewart behaved recklessly. However, the district attorney could also decide there is insufficient evidence to support any charges and decide not to present the case for indictment in front of a grand jury.
Whether Stewart’s actions were reckless or simply negligent, Ward’s family may decide to file a wrongful death lawsuit against Stewart.
Kevin was a young man when he lost his life unexpectedly which is a great blow to his family. He was also a promising racing driver who could have added significantly to his family financially.
Calculating damages for wrongful death lawsuits normally include loss of consortium to his family as well as any future financial losses.
Lawsuit Funding Helps NY Wrongful Death Plaintiffs with Cash Now for Their Case
While waiting for the settlement of a wrongful death lawsuit, plaintiffs may be entitled to lawsuit funding. This is money offered by a lawsuit funding company to help a family financially while the wrongful death lawsuit settlement is negotiated.
It can take some time to reach a settlement, often several years, so lawsuit funding is an available liquidity option for plaintiffs who need money prior to settlement. As long as an attorney represents the plaintiffs on a contingency fee basis, those involved in wrongful death lawsuits can apply for lawsuit funding, also known as legal loans.
Lawsuit funding transactions do not require credit checks as the legal loan company purchases a share of the lawsuit settlement in advance. Once the settlement money is received, the legal loan company receives their share.
Filing a lawsuit for a wrongful death of a family member or a personal injury lawsuit is a stressful endeavour. Financial stress should not enter into the equation. Lawsuit funding makes it easier financially for victims to take on a lawsuit to pursue justice.