Although personal injury and wrongful death claims are often brought up in the context of negligence–i.e., unintentional but reckless acts–there are situations in which the victim is injured or killed through an intentional criminal act. In such situations, the victim or his or her family can definitely seek damages against the criminal.
What about local law enforcement and private entities that were charged with protecting the public from a particular criminal? Can they also be held liable?
SecureAlert, Inc. v. Boggs