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Widow of Alabama Sheriff’s Deputy Sues Ambulance Company For Wrongful Death

The wife of an Alabama sheriff’s deputy who died after an off-duty motorcycle crash last September has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the first responder ambulance company for arriving at the scene without a qualified advanced life support paramedic. Pamela Smith was a passenger on her husband Larry Smith’s motorcycle when Mr. Smith “had a coughing spell which caused him to alter his driving status and (leave) the roadway and (strike) a tree,” in the town of Opp, the complaint states, according to the Andalusia Star-News. The E-911 board of Covington County, where Mr. Smith was a sheriff’s deputy, ... Read More

Deadliest Hot Air Balloon Crash In U.S. History Kills At Least 16

Federal investigators confirmed a hot air balloon crash in central Texas killed at least 16 people Saturday morning after becoming ensnared in high-voltage power lines transecting the field where the craft was attempting to land. There were no survivors. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) officials at the crash site in Lockhart, Texas, said that they will be looking into “three things – human, machine, and environment” to determine what caused the crash. Investigators have not identified the company that operated the balloon ride or the pilot, but the owner of the Heart of Texas Hot Air Balloon Rides told the ... Read More

$11 Million Verdict For Families of Oklahoma Casino Bus Crash Victims

The families of two women killed in a 2013 casino tour bus crash near Dallas will share an $11-million judgement against the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma in a wrongful-death case involving an allegedly distracted bus driver. Paula Hahn, 89, of Fort Worth and Alice Stanley, 83, of North Richmond Hills, died from injuries they sustained when the casino-chartered bus they were traveling in veered through multiple lanes of traffic, hit a concrete barrier, and flipped over in Durant, Okla. The bus was on a gambling trip to the Choctaw Casino Resort when it crashed on the morning of April 11, ... Read More

Lightning Strike On S.C. Airport Tarmac Leads To Wrongful Death Lawsuit

A Connecticut family is suing American Airlines, South Carolina’s Columbia Metropolitan Airport, and others for negligence in making passengers disembark an airplane onto the tarmac during a severe thunderstorm last June, leading to the lightning-strike death of a family member. Sonya Dockett, 52, was struck by lightning as she was walking with her husband and two children across the tarmac at Columbia Metropolitan Airport on June 27, 2015. Her flight from Hartford’s Bradley International Airport to Charlotte, N.C., had been diverted to Columbia due to severe weather. The lighnting strike “caused Ms. Dockett severe injuries, including electrocution, which caused her ... Read More

Marine’s father to file wrongful death lawsuit following son’s death in Osprey helicopter crash

A wrongful death lawsuit will be filed by Mike Determan, the father of a Marine killed in a helicopter crash last year, claiming the aircraft’s failure was due to design flaws committed by the manufacturer. The incident that sparked the lawsuit occurred on May 17, 2015, when an MV-22B Osprey went down at the Marine Corps Training Area in Bellows, Hawaii. According to Military.com, the aircraft attempted to land despite severe brownout conditions before suffering significant dust intake and “turbine blade glassification.” The helicopter crashed shortly after, killing both 21-year-old Lance Cpl. Matthew Determan and 24-year-old Cpl. Joshua Barron. Although ... Read More

Lawsuit In Paul Walker Crash Says Porsche Carrera GT Was Defective, Unfit For Road

The children of the driver whose Porsche Carrera GT crashed in 2013, killing him and actor Paul Walker of “The Fast and the Furious” movie series, have filed a wrongful death and negligence lawsuit against the automaker, claiming the car was defective and unfit for the road. The lawsuit, filed Jan. 29 by the son and daughter of Roger Rodas in Los Angeles Superior Court, claims that Porsche Cars North America and Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche AG of Stuttgart, Germany (“Porsche AG”) are liable for Mr. Rodas’ death because the 2005 Porsche lacked a control system that would have prevented ... Read More

NYC Man Crushed To Death After Pushing Woman From Defective Elevator  

A 25-year-old Bronx, N.Y., man who was on his way to a New Year’s Eve party on the Lower East Side is being hailed as a hero after pushing a woman from a defective elevator that crushed him to death moments later in front of stunned onlookers. Stephen Hewett Brown, an aspiring musician, pushed Erude Sanchez, 43, from the elevator as it began to drop, saying “Happy New Year.” Ms. Sanchez was exiting the elevator onto the third floor of the 26-story apartment high-rise at 131Broome Street when Mr. Brown apparently noticed her predicament as the elevator started to fall and ... Read More

New Mexico Nursing Home Facing Two Lawsuits Alleging Neglect, Wrongful Death

FARMINGTON, N.M. – A Northern New Mexico nursing home is facing two lawsuits accusing it of neglect in its care of patients, resulting in death, the Farmington (New Mexico) Daily Times reported. One lawsuit, filed in September by Roxanna Commanche, alleges that Bloomfield Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in Bloomfield, N.M., neglected to provide her grandmother Jeanette Costeanna with adequate care. That inattention, the plaintiff alleges, caused her grandmother to suffer pressure (bed) sores, dehydration, malnutrition, and weight loss, which resulted in the patient’s death. Bloomfield Nursing Home also faces another lawsuit filed last week by Garland Kent Wilkinson, who ... Read More

Fresenius slapped with wrongful death lawsuit

A man is suing Fresenius Medical Care and others, claiming negligence on behalf of the dialysis company and members of Huntington Internal Medicine Group in Huntington, W. Va., which he claims caused injuries and the premature death of his father. John. E. Bourdelais was undergoing dialysis treatment under the care of the defendants on July 13, 2013, when he suffered life-threatening injuries including hemorrhagic shock, cardiopulmonary arrest, bilateral pleural effusions, cardiac arrhythmias, hypovolemic arrest, traumatic hemothorax and multiple fractured ribs secondary to resuscitation. This, the lawsuit claims, shortened his life by two years. The lawsuit was filed by John M. ... Read More

Risperdal linked to wrongful death of California man

A California jury slapped Johnson & Johnson unit Janssen Pharmaceuticals with a $5.4 million verdict in a wrongful death case involving a man who died while participating in a clinical trial testing the company’s antipsychotic drug Risperdal. The lawsuit claimed the drug company failed to properly screen the man to determine if he was healthy enough to undergo treatment, and then ignored heart abnormalities that contributed to his death. Risperdal, which contains the drug ingredient risperidone, is approved to treat adults and children with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and irritability with autism. Leo Liu, who was 25 at the time of ... Read More