Antioch, California located in Contra Costa County is a city with only 110,898 residents according to the latest 2016 census data. Even though Antioch is not a big city, they have had their fair share of tragedies.

Many wrongful death cases have been filed in Antioch against the local police departments. Here are a few of the notable incidents that turned into lawsuits over the past few years:

2016 Wrongful Death Cases

Demarco Childs Shooting
On February 13, 2016, Demarco Childs was shot and killed by police outside of an Antioch, California Chevron station off of Delta Fair Blvd. At the time of the shooting, Derrick Childs who is Demarco’s brother videotaped the incident on his cell phone camera. The wrongful death suit was filed recently in February because the police chief has refused to release the recorded evidence to the family.

2015 Wrongful Death Cases

Rackeem Rucks Killed While Being Arrested
On June 10, 2015 Rakeem Rucks passed away while being arrested by police. While the coroner ruled the death of the 34 year old accidental, the suit filed mentions a witness hearing Mr. Rucks scream “I can’t breathe”. The lawsuit, which was filed in July of 2016 alleges that inappropriate police conduct caused the death.

Afroza Chowdhury
Afroza Chowdhury was killed when jumping from a taxi after a hospital sent her back to the scene of a domestic violence incident in a taxi. It happened on Highway 4 after the hosptial had decided to send Mrs. Chowdhury back to her ex-husband’s home. On the way back she jumped out of the taxi and was killed. A recent lawsuit filed in 2016 names the hospital, Antioch police, and the cab company in the suit.

What questions should you ask an Antioch wrongful death lawyer?

“How many years have you been practicing law?” is an important question to ask a wrongful death attorney as it can give you an idea of their level of experience and expertise in handling cases like yours. It is crucial to work with an attorney who has a proven track record in wrongful death cases to help you seek justice for your loss.

“How many cases of wrongful death have you dealt with?” will give you a sense of the attorney’s level of familiarity with these types of cases and their ability to handle the complexities involved.

“What is the percentage of cases similar to mine that you have won?” is a key question as it gives you an understanding of the attorney’s success rate and their ability to get results. You want to work with an attorney who has a high success rate in similar cases to maximize your chances of getting compensation.

“Can you share your experience regarding cases like mine?” will give you an idea of the attorney’s in-depth knowledge of the specific type of case you have. This can help you assess whether the attorney is the right fit for your case and can help you achieve your desired outcome.

“Can you inform me of the available legal options I have?” is a crucial question as it allows you to understand the different paths you can take to seek justice and compensation for your loss.

“What are the probable results that can be expected in my case?” is a question that helps you understand the strengths and weaknesses of your case and what you can realistically expect from the legal process.

“What would be the expenses for pursuing my case?” is an important question as you want to ensure you have a clear understanding of the costs involved and whether you can afford to pursue a wrongful death claim.

“How long would the legal proceedings take?” will give you a sense of the timeline for your case and help you plan accordingly.

“What are the potential hazards involved in my case?” helps you understand the risks involved in pursuing a wrongful death claim and the likelihood of a successful outcome.

“Can you give me any additional recommendations?” allows you to seek the attorney’s expert opinion and advice on any other steps you can take to strengthen your case and achieve the best outcome possible.

How can an Antioch wrongful death lawyer help?

At GJEL Accident Attorneys, a leading personal injury law firm in California, we understand that a wrongful death can be a devastating experience. If it is found that the death was due to someone’s negligence, a wrongful death lawsuit can be filed to seek compensation for the bereaved family. Our experienced attorneys are committed to helping families navigate the legal process and achieve the best possible outcome for their case.

Our team begins by investigating the accident site to determine liability. Our lawyers use legal and medical experts and advanced reconstruction techniques to understand the cause of the death. If the at-fault party has been convicted, it strengthens the case for the bereaved family. Our Antioch, CA law firm can also gather evidence such as police reports, video footage, and records from government agencies to build a strong case.

Our law firm provides exceptional representation, and our attorneys are dedicated to achieving a favorable settlement or award of damages. We understand the importance of compensation and will work tirelessly to secure the best outcome for our clients. If you or a loved one has suffered a wrongful death, our law firm is here to help.


Andy Gillin

Andy Gillin received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California at Berkeley and his law degree from the University of Chicago. He is the managing partner of GJEL Accident Attorneys and has written and lectured in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury law for numerous organizations. Andy is a highly recognized wrongful death lawyer in California.