Wrongful Death

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Who Can File a California Wrongful Death Claim?

Wrongful death lawsuits are a specific type of lawsuit filed when a person dies as a result of another person or entity’s negligence. Survivors of the deceased most commonly file the suit, and the damages to be recovered are...more

Illinois Employer May Be Liable for Failing to Investigate Employee's Murderous Email Threats

Can an employer be liable for wrongful death by failing to investigate an employee's email threats to murder his family? The Illinois Appellate Court recently ruled that the answer may be "yes" based on the employer's...more

Not So Fast: New York’s High Court Relieves Pressure on Liability Carriers to Disclaim Coverage “As Soon As Possible”

Under a New York statute, a liability insurer that denies coverage for a death or bodily injury claim must provide written notice of its decision “as soon as is reasonably possible.” Last year, in Long Island Lighting Co. v....more

Family of Deceased Teen Files Wrongful Death Claim Against School

The parents of Kendrick Johnson are seeking unspecified monetary damages in the latest development in a case that was widely reported in early 2013. Johnson, 17, was found in a rolled-up gym mat in his high school gymnasium,...more

Employer Must Defend Against A Wrongful Death Lawsuit For Not Monitoring Employee Computer Use

An Illinois Appellate Court recently held that an employer must defend against a wrongful death lawsuit alleging that it was negligent in failing to investigate death threats that its employee had emailed to his family from...more

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in California?

A "wrongful death" claim exists when a person dies as a result a negligent, careless, intentional, or reckless act of another person or entity. In other words, when your loved one dies due to the fault of another person or...more

Asbestos Alert: Failure To Recognize A Defendant’s Name Insufficient To Support Summary Judgment

Ganoe v. Metalclad Insulation Corp. - California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (July 21, 2014) - Metalclad was an insulation contractor. Mark Ganoe worked in Department 132 at Goodyear Tire &...more

Where Suicide Is Caused by Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, Illinois Now Recognizes Ensuing Actions for Wrongful...

The Illinois Appellate Court has held, as a matter of first impression in the state, that where a plaintiff can satisfy the elements of the tort of intentional infliction of emotional distress and the emotional distress is a...more

Leaving a fatal accident in Alabama is wrong on many levels

When a fatal accident occurs, the motorists involved who survive are expected to remain on the scene. In fact, it is illegal for them to leave without first speaking to the appropriate Alabama authorities. Additionally, most...more

Profits over People - Big Insurance finds another way to cash in on injured people

The latest investigative piece published in the News Tribune this week, entitled “MultiCare sues estate of boy killed in Tacoma Dome accident”, outlines a struggle that lawyers representing injured people in Washington State...more

Wrongful Death Lawsuits and Car Accidents

In California, a wrongful death lawsuit is brought on behalf of an individual who dies due to the legal fault of another person or entity (such as a drunk or otherwise negligent driver). If your loved one was killed in a San...more

Florida High Court Poised to Clarify Harmless Error Standard in Civil Appeals

On June 20, 2012, the Florida Supreme Court accepted review of a Fourth District Court of Appeal case that certified the following question of great public importance: “In a civil appeal, shall error be held harmless where it...more

Torts – Parents and Minor not Liable for Minor Guest’s Alcohol Poisoning Death

Steve Allen, et al. v. Wallace Liberman, et al. - Court of Appeal, Third District (June 18, 2014) - In this case, the Appellate Court applied social host immunity to exonerate defendant parents and their minor...more

Eleventh Circuit Reverses District Court on Application of Noneconomic Damages Cap

Yesterday, the Eleventh Circuit issued an order in Estate of McCall v. USA reversing the district court’s order applying the noneconomic damages cap. The Eleventh Circuit remanded the case for further proceedings consistent...more

Uptick in Hazing-Related Incidents Provides Sobering Reminder of Potential Claims Against Colleges and Universities

Across the United States there has been a recent surge of injuries — and deaths — resulting from hazing and initiation rites led by student organizations. These tragic events have produced lawsuits and investigations into...more

Illinois Supreme Court Holds Wrongful Death Attorney Owes Duty to Decedent's Beneficiaries

A unanimous Illinois Supreme Court added a new complication for plaintiffs’ counsel handling wrongful death cases late last week, unanimously holding in In re Estate of Perry C. Powell that an attorney representing the...more

U.S. Supreme Court Asked to Decide Whether Wrongful Death Suits are Subject to Arbitration

The United States Supreme Court was recently asked to determine whether the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) preempts a state law rule that prohibits enforcement of pre-dispute arbitration agreements in certain wrongful death...more

MSHA Initiates Enforcement Review of Elevator Safety at Cement Operations

In the aftermath of a fatal elevator accident in February 2014 at a cement plant in Kentucky, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has initiated an unannounced elevator enforcement review at cement operations...more

Medical Malpractice Law: Infant and Child Death [Video]

Medical malpractice attorney, Kathleen Flynn Peterson, discusses the importance of representing parents who have lost a child and holding wrongdoers accountable....more

Appellate Court Notes

SC18961 - Robbins v. Physicians for Women's Health, LLC - The plaintiff filed this medical malpractice against a hospital, the doctor, the midwife, and the company (“PWH”) that bought the assets of the hospital after...more

OSHA Wins Victory in Seaworld Case Involving Death of Trainer

Sea World has been at the center of a firestorm of publicity after the death of killer whale trainer, Dawn Brancheau, in 2010. Ms. Brancheau’s death was featured in the documentary film, “Blackfish.” She was apparently...more

Hot Cars Cause the Deaths Of 37 Children Each Year With Florida Second In the Nation Of Such Deaths

Hot Cars Cause the Deaths Of 37 Children Each Year With Florida Second In the Nation Of Such Deaths With summer temperatures coming to Bradenton Florida soon, parents and child care givers need to be aware of the danger to...more

Indestructible Black Box Provides Answers in Paul Walker Auto Accident

Actor Paul Walker died in a tragic Thanksgiving weekend auto accident last year. Immediately following the fatal one-car crash, fans wondered whether drugs, drinking, racing or mechanical failure might have been a factor, in...more

Social Media Roundup: The Top 5 Buzzing Issues

Here is a look at some of the hottest topics lawyers and others in the legal industry have been abuzz about: 1. BP’s change of heart over its settlement for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster - In...more

What Did G.M. Know About the Deadly Defective Auto Part?

So far, at least 13 deaths have been linked to a defective ignition switch in General Motors vehicles. In response, G.M. has recalled 2.6 million of its cars. However, the manufacturer stops short of recommending drivers park...more

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