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Widower of Woman Killed by Factory Robot Files Wrongful Death Suit

William Holbrook has filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit against multiple defendants he believes are responsible for wife Wanda Holbrook’s workplace accident in which she was killed by a malfunctioning factory robot. Wanda Holbrook was a journeyman maintenance technician working for Ventra Ionia LLC in Ionia, Michigan. The company stamps, molds and handles other related services for plastics with a chrome plate, as well as bumpers and trailer hitches. On July 7, 2015, while Holbrook was performing machinery adjustments, a rogue robot rushed into her section, crushing her skull as it attempted to  incorrectly place a hitch assembly where she was working. “Wanda was ... Read More

Widow Sues Tracheostomy Tube Manufacturer alleging Husband’s Wrongful Death

A wrongful death lawsuit alleges Henry J. Berthelot was trying to perform routine cleaning of his tracheostomy tube when the device failed, suffocating him before emergency medical technicians could reach him. Berthelot was well-versed in the requirements for maintaining his Duravent XL Model 11201-07 tracheostomy tubes, aware that routine cleaning was vital to prevent infection. However, the lawsuit alleges that upon removal of the inner cannula, the outer cannula separated from the neck flange, and Berthelot died before emergency personnel could arrive to help. Henry’s wife, LaVon P. Berthelot, along with their children, Dean M. Berthelot, Jon D. Berthelot and Sean H. ... Read More

Vulto Creamery named in wrongful death lawsuit following raw milk cheese recall

A wrongful death lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York after a woman linked her husband’s death to the Vulto Creamery raw milk cheese recall. According to Food Safety News, Vermont resident Veronica Friedman filed the wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of her late husband Richard Friedman, alleging he suffered a massive stroke caused by a Listeriosis infection he procured from ingesting the recalled raw milk cheese last year. “People think of food poisoning as inconvenient rather than really dangerous,” said William D. Marler of Seattle, who is an attorney for Ms. Friedman, as ... Read More

Widow Files Benzene Lawsuit Against 30 Companies After Husband’s Leukemia Death

A Texas woman has filed a lawsuit against 30 companies, alleging they exposed her husband to toxic benzene emissions, sickening him and eventually leading to his death. According to the Southeast Texas Record, Peggy Melancon filed the benzene lawsuit in Jefferson County, Texas, District Court Feb. 22, naming Amoco, Atlantic Richfield, BP, Chevron USA, ExxonMobil, Shell Oil, Sunoco, Texaco, and many others as defendants. Ms. Melacon’s lawsuit says that her husband Cecil Melancon was a long-time DuPont employee and that he worked at the company’s Beaumont Works facility as a lab technician. Ms. Melancon claims her husband was continually exposed ... Read More

Salvation Army Reaches $227 Million Settlement With Philly Building Collapse Victims

Lawyers for victims of a deadly Philadelphia building collapse that crushed a Salvation Army thrift store in 2013 have reached a record $227 million settlement with the owner of a New York real estate company and the Salvation Army. The Feb. 22 settlement concludes a civil trial of lawsuits that ran that for more than 17 weeks, the longest civil trial in Philadelphia history, according to Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina, who oversaw the litigation. An attorney for plaintiffs in the case said the settlement was the largest personal injury settlement in Pennsylvania state court history, the Philadelphia ... Read More

NC nursing home ordered to pay $5.2 million for the wrongful deaths of three patients

The skilled nursing care given by Blue Ridge Health Care Center and management companies Care Virginia Management LLC and Care One LLC was grossly negligent, intentional or in reckless disregard of the rights of three nursing home patients, a North Carolina federal jury determined, and ordered the companies to pay the families of the three deceased residents $5.2 million in compensatory and punitive damages. The jury found that the companies’ actions caused the deaths of Del Ray Baird, Elizabeth Jones, and Bettie May Kee. Baird’s estate was awarded $50,000, and the estates of Jones and Kee were each awarded $300,000 ... Read More

Family of Boy Killed on Waterslide Settles Wrongful Death Suit With Waterpark

The family of a 10-year-old Caleb Schwab, who was killed in a waterslide accident at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kan., in August 2016, has reached a settlement with the park’s owners and the company that manufactured the rafts used on the ride. “The Schwab family remains determined to hold all those responsible for this tragedy accountable, while doing all they can to ensure this never happens again to another family,” the family’s attorney said in a statement e-mailed to the press. Caleb, the son of Kansas state representative and Speaker of the House Scott Schwab, was killed when ... Read More

Opening arguments begin in wrongful death trial related to fungal meningitis outbreak

Opening arguments are scheduled to begin this week in the trial of Barry Cadden, one of two former principals at the now shuttered New England Compounding Center (NECC) blamed for the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that sickened more than 700 people and killed 64 across 20 states. Cadden is being charged with second-degree murder and other crimes in the deaths of 25 patients who received tainted steroid shots manufactured at NECC. An inspection at the compounding pharmacy following the outbreak revealed a wide range of potential sources of contamination including standing water, mold, and bacteria in the air and on ... Read More

Wrongful Death Suit Filed in Wake of Deadly Air Ambulance Crash

The parents of a California teacher who was killed in a 2015 medical helicopter crash have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Fresno-based helicopter operator. Linda Knuckles and David Barrows filed the lawsuit Dec. 29 in Fresno County Superior Court, claiming Rogers Helicopters Inc. was negligent in operating and maintaining the SkyLife 4, which crashed in December 2015 while transporting their daughter to a Bakersfield hospital. Kathryn Ann Brown, 40, was one of four people killed in the Air Ambulance crash just east of McFarland, Calif. Ms. Brown was originally taken to Sierra View Medical Center in Porterville after ... Read More

Boy Decapitated on Kansas City Waterslide, Evidence Points To multiple Safety Failures

New details have emerged about the death of the 10-year-old boy who was killed on the world’s tallest waterslide in Kansas Sunday, indicating serious safety failures contributed to the horrific accident. Caleb Schwab, the son of a Kansas state lawmaker who was at the Schlitterbahn Kansas City water park with his family on “Elected Officials Day,” died after descending the “Verrückt” slide. The slide’s designers wanted to offer an extreme attraction to guests and created a 17-story vertical drop that ascends a second hill, followed by a second 50-foot drop. Various verified reports say the raft Caleb was seated in ... Read More