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Family of Ruben Hand Files Lawsuit Against MARTA

The death of 14-year-old Ruben Hand III was tragic for many people in the Atlanta community. According to the Associated Press, the boy died on New Years Day after a cell phone dispute with a 36-year-old man at a train station when the assailant approached Hand from behind and slashed his throat with a knife. But apparently, the alleged murderer may not be the only one held responsible for Hand's death.

The family of Ruben Hand claims that the teenager approached a uniformed MARTA officer before he was attacked and that he told the officer that a stranger was following him and threatening him. The family alleges that MARTA officials did not come to the boy's aide and that they did not escort him to safety.

Hand’s family reportedly filed a lawsuit in Fulton County Superior Court against MARTA last week, alleging that officers were negligent and that the teenager died as a result of such negligence. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the suit states that MARTA knew of the potential for crime at Atlanta’s Five Points Station and that the transit authority failed to keep the premises of the train station safe. Additionally, the suit states that MARTA failed to protect the teenager.

FindLaw’s LawBrain states that plaintiffs in a wrongful death case are often able to recover compensation for medical and funeral expenses as well as an amount for economic support that they could have received if the decedent had lived. In some cases, the family of the victim can also be compensated for grief or loss of services or companionship. Punitive damages can be awarded in a wrongful death case if a judge finds that the defendant’s actions were particularly reckless.

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