State Senator Creigh Deeds has put four local governments and a mental health institution on notice, saying he could sue them over the death of his son.
A three-page letter sent to all the parties involved places blame for Deeds' attack and the death of his son, Gus Deeds, squarely on the Rockbridge Area Community Services Board. The letter was sent to Bath County, Rockbridge County, Buena Vista, Lexington, and the RACSB on Monday.
Deeds says his son's mental health evaluator failed to contact the appropriate number of facilities to locate a bed. The letter claims at least one facility had a bed for Gus on November 18.
The next morning, Gus stabbed his father 13 times before shooting himself with a rifle.
"In order to preserve Senator Deeds' rights to bring claims in the future against any of these entities, we have to file the notices, but he has made no decision yet,” said Monica Mroz, Deeds’ Attorney.
Senator Deeds was airlifted to the University of Virginia Medical Center following the attack. He spent three days in the hospital.
NBC29 legal analyst Lloyd Snook says Deeds has two years from the incident to actually file a lawsuit.
We're seeing this notice on the sixth months after of the incident because state law requires six months’ notice if someone is going to sue an actual government.
Press Statement from Monica L. Mroz, LichtensteinFishwick PLC, counsel for Creigh Deeds
The notices provided allow for a thoughtful and thorough review of this matter as well as the preservation of rights under Virginia law. Senator Deeds provided these notices as part of his continued quest to understand what happened to his son.
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