On July 11, 2011, Eric Weers drove into opposing traffic on Highway 17 in Santa Cruz. He caused the crash that killed Ana Barajas, a medical technician with four children. Weers is also currently facing murder charges for deliberately driving the wrong way on the highway.
The suit filed by Barajas’ children names Weers, his father, and the Santa Cruz Community Counseling Center. At the time, Weers was living at the counseling center and undergoing treatment for schizoaffective disorder. He was driving his father’s vehicle. Weers was also under the influence of illegal drugs when the accident occurred.
The children’s attorney claims in the suit that the SCCCC was negligent in failing to provide basic standards of care for a patient with Weer’s disorder. They are experienced with helping adults who have mental health problems, as well as dealing with people struggling with addiction issues. It is not known exactly in what capacity the center was assisting Weers, but he was off of his prescription medication for a few days prior to the incident.
There are few experiences as devastating as a wrongful death of a family member. No settlement amount can bring back a lost loved one. Although it is impossible to set a price on the emotional toll of a person’s passing, there is also a financial toll on the survivors. This is especially true in a case like this one, where children have lost a parents on whom they are financially dependent. It is important to bring negligent parties to justice, and pursue their insurance companies for a fair settlement that can help provide financial security for the surviving family.
At Bergener & Associates, we understand that each and every case is unique, and must be handled with aggressive advocacy and personal care. We’ve worked with many families throughout California to successfully settle their wrongful death claims.