Analysis: New Developments in Lehner Family Litigation

WBEN Legal Analyst Paul Cambria on what's next

Mike Baggerman
February 14, 2018 - 9:00 pm

A memorial for Officer Craig Lehner at Unity Island (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Accusations of negligence, recklessness, and carelessness by the City of Buffalo and the Buffalo Police Department highlight the notice of claim filed last month by Donna Wilson, the sister of fallen Buffalo Police Officer Craig Lehner.

The Buffalo News first reported the details about the notice of claim which was filed on January 25. The City of Buffalo and the police department have not been formally sued by the Lehner family, though the notice of claim is a signal of a pending lawsuit.

WBEN Legal Analyst Paul Cambria said that diving and other experts will be called to help with the investigation. If the two sides do not agree on a settlement, he said the possible lawsuit could take years to reach a conclusion.

"Municipalities are reluctant to settle easily," he said. "It's up to the lawyers on both sides to what they think the strength of their case is. The other part would be whether the municipality itself is insured or if they have insurance. If they do, the insurance lawyers will be involved."

The amount of money being sought in the possible civil case has not been made public. Settlement money depends on a variety of factors including Lehner's age, potential, pain and suffering, and other related factors.

LISTEN: WBEN Legal Analyst Paul Cambria on the latest developments in the Lehner/City of Buffalo & BPD litigation


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