Navy Yard Shooting
Representation for Victims and Families
Our Washington, DC wrongful death lawyers are prepared to help families
who lost loved ones during the Navy Yard shooting in Washington, DC that
occurred on Monday, September 16, 2013.
Reports have indicated that the negligence of
multiple parties may have played a role in this incident. Our firm's legal team can
help families file
wrongful death claims to hold these parties responsible for their negligence and financially
liable for the damages endured by victims' families.
Who can be held responsible?
In the aftermath of this tragedy, investigators have worked diligently
to determine what happened on the day of the shooting and what transpired
in the days, months, and years leading up to the event. Although investigations
are still ongoing, questions have been raised as to
whether this tragedy could have been prevented.
The circumstances and evidence obtained from investigations all point to
the fact that many different parties failed in some way to recognize various
warning signs about the Navy Yard Shooter, Aaron Alexis. In total, Alexis
had a long, well-documented history of violence and mental instability
nine years. Preliminary investigations reveal that there are multiple potential theories
of liability against the Federal Government and other companies involved
in hiring and retaining Alexis, and allowing him to maintain a security
- Negligent hiring by the IT consulting company.
- Negligent retention and monitoring by the IT consulting company for failing
to notify security officials of Alexis' deteriorating mental state
and allowing him to return to work despite his poor mental health and
complaints of hearing voices.
- Negligent supervision by the Department of Defense for permitting Alexis'
to retain his security clearance despite his violent behavior and deteriorating
- Negligence of VA Hospitals and medical staff for failing to screen Alexis'
mental health, not performing psychological evaluations, and failing to
intervene given Alexis' poor mental state.
- Negligence or failures of the third-party company that conducted a background
check on Alexis.
- Negligence of law enforcement officials in various U.S. states for failing
to adequately build cases and prosecute Alexis. Alexis was arrested three
times, had two encounters with police involving gunshots, and was cited
three times for rash and violent behavior. Convictions could have potentially
prompted anger management or mental health treatment and could have prevented
Alexis from owning a firearm.
- Negligent and inadequate security at the Navy Yard on the day of the shooting.
Had the warning signs been noticed and appropriate action been taken by
various parties with the authority to do so, this tragedy might have been
avoided. You can learn more about the
red flags in the Navy Yard shooter's past on our blog.
Support & Representation from Proven Washington, DC Personal Injury Lawyers
Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. offers our sincere support
to families who have had their lives forever changed by the Navy Yard
shooting. By investigating these claims, we can work toward ensuring that
the responsible parties are held accountable for their negligence and
failures. Accomplishing this can help victims and families obtain the
justice and compensation they rightfully deserve and can hopefully reduce
the likelihood of similar tragedies happening in the future.
Our attorneys have proven themselves as highly capable lawyers and are
prepared to guide families through these difficult times. Throughout the
more than 45 years that we've been representing victims in the DC
metro area, we have successfully handled numerous cases involving negligence,
inadequate security, and wrongful death.
If you would like to speak with a member of our legal team about your case
and your right to pursue legal action, please do not hesitate to reach
out to our firm. Request a
free case evaluation or call (202) 644-8303 to discuss your needs. We serve clients throughout
Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington, DC.