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Although wrongful death lawsuits often seek monetary damages, the truth is that nothing can replace a deceased love one. Instead, the suits often serve as a means of closure.
Jennifer Adkins, whose 14-year-old son Christopher Jones was killed in a 2009 attack by 6 boys, seems to have figured this out.
In exchange for a defendant's new sneakers, she agreed to settle her lawsuit.
Six teenage boys, all of whom were part of Jennifer Adkins' civil suit, attacked her son Christopher Jones, leading to his death. Two of the boys were charged with manslaughter.
Prior to a recent settlement conference, one of the boys had been complaining about how he had no money, reports The Baltimore Sun. But when he walked in with brand new sneakers, Jennifer Adkins was livid.
She told her lawyer if he gave her the shoes, she'd settle, reports The Capitol. She wanted him to walk out of the courthouse embarrassed.
He agreed. And 4 other defendants also settled.
The 6th boy, who had pled guilty to manslaughter, is still on the hook, reports The Baltimore Sun. He has no assets to pay any judgment, but Adkins has said that she will take pleasure in knowing that it will forever be hanging over his head,
It's pretty clear that Jennifer Adkins used the lawsuit and the shoes to get closure for Christopher Jones' death. While it isn't necessarily the best use of the judicial system, it demonstrates an important point.
Before you file a lawsuit, understand what it is you hope to gain. Will money fulfill your wishes? Or would you be better served asking for or doing something else?