Carlisle, PA asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Wrongful Death for Pennsylvania

Q: Are police required to do welfare check-in on someone who may be in danger?

I called the police on August 11, 2021 because my father started he was in danger and was acting strange, I'm 30 minutes away so police department is much closer. They never went to check on him and the next day by 12:45 pm he was dead. is there anything I can do. I feel like he could have been saved. I filed a complaint with the department and nothing yet besides one message and I returned the call and nothing still.

1 Lawyer Answer
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
  • Wyomissing, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: It's hard to say without knowing more. Maybe the police contacted him and he was normal when they talked to him. They don't have an obligation to check on everyone. However an attorney who specializes in police actions would be the best bet to contact.

Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.

The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.

Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.