Parents of Baltimore County Teenager Sue Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Department and Others for Failure to Properly Investigate His Death
By Jack Lebowitz, Esq. and Vadim Mzhen, Esq.
Adrienne and Robert Miranda, the parents of Joseph Miranda, have filed a personal injury lawsuit against the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health department, The Maryland Attorney General?s Office, the Hampstead Police Department, and the Federal County and Frederick County state?s attorney?s offices for allegedly failing to properly investigate his death. They are suing for $6 million.
Joseph, a 19-year-old construction worker, died in 2006 when head and neck were crushed by a construction motor vehicle while on the job.
Authorities and investigators say the incident was accidental, but a state medical examiner said that there was a ?strong possibility? that Joseph was murdered. The medical examiner suggested that the matter be investigated further. The Mirandas have expressed concern that the two men that offered statements about their son's death were never tested for alcohol or drugs.
Officials say that they did probe the case further and found no evidence that a criminal act had been committed.
The agencies want the court to dismiss the Baltimore couple?s lawsuit because it does not make claims against specific individuals and because public officials that are doing their jobs are allowed immunity from lawsuits.
The Miranda?s say that the agencies? professional negligence caused them to suffer emotional grief, anguish, despair, and mental distress.
Professional malpractice lawsuits can be filed against a professional who does his or her job in a negligent or careless manner that is below the professional standard and someone gets hurt because of it.
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