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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 23, 2014 – In a recent wrongful death case, a series of miscommunications led to a $1.8 million court award. In the spring of 2010, 30-year-old Carl Whitmer of Columbus, Ohio was involved in a serious car accident. Two weeks after the accident, Whitmer underwent facial surgery, but he never woke up after the operation. He passed away one week later. Whitmer’s estate filed court documents pursuing claims of wrongful death. Prior to his surgery, Whitmer had complained of severe headaches. However, his complaint was not checked and he was never assessed. Trauma services […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) October 3, 2014 – An Iowa family has told the press that they plan to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the Missouri Highway Patrol in the death of their son, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  Last May, Brandon Ellingson, 20, fell from a patrol boat and drowned while handcuffed and in the custody of a Missouri State Trooper. “Some of the testimony given at the inquest seems to indicate that negligence may have played a role in this tragedy,” commented Charlie James, a Missouri wrongful death attorney who does not represent the Ellingson […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 23, 2014 – A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against a Florida nursing home by the family of Barbara Seabron, who died while she was a resident there. Felicia White Baker, the personal representative of Seabron’s estate and one of her six surviving children, filed the lawsuit against Lakeland Hills Rehabilitation Center, affiliated companies and two past administrators of the nursing home. “It is not unusual for nursing home neglect to cause serious medical issues and even death,” said Robert Joyce, a Tampa wrongful death attorney not involved in the case. The lawsuit […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) September 19, 2014 – The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed the dismissal of a Missouri family’s wrongful death claim on the grounds of Missouri’s “one recovery rule.” Michael Thompson had been smoking for decades when he was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1997. After his diagnosis, Thompson pursued and won a personal injury claim against several tobacco companies.  Then, in 2009, Thompson died of cancer, and his family brought a wrongful death lawsuit against a group of tobacco companies. But because Thompson had previously recovered compensation for harm caused by cigarette smoking, […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) September 5, 2014 – A wrongful death lawsuit over last year’s construction accident on the Northwestern University campus, which resulted in the death of an iron worker, is pressing forward. Michael Kerr, 57, was killed on May 16, 2013 when a crane knocked a 70-pound beam off the sixth floor of a new building being constructed on campus. Kerr was standing on the ground floor when the 16-foot beam struck him in the head and chest. He was pronounced dead two hours later at Evanston Hospital. Kerr’s son, also named Michael Kerr, has filed a […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 4, 2014 – On June 30, Shirley Holmes of Gretna, Louisiana, filed a wrongful death lawsuit after her husband’s passing, pointing toward alleged asbestos exposure he suffered years before. In the 1970′s, Kermit Holmes worked at the Avondale shipyard in Louisiana, where he was allegedly exposed to asbestos dust and fibers. In the years that followed, he developed asbestosis and mesothelioma lung cancer. He died in September 2013.  “His wife blames his death on this exposure, claiming that he was not provided with appropriate safety equipment that could have protected him from the harmful […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 24, 2014 – In the decade after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has made more than $200 million in payments to settle nearly 1,000 wrongful death claims. According to VA data obtained by the Center for Investigative Reporting, the payments have been made to the families of veterans who died as the result of misdiagnoses, neglect, suicide, botched surgeries and other negligence. “It is a tragedy any time a person’s death is caused by another’s negligence, but the government has a special responsibility to provide care for […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) July 15, 2014 – Nursing home abuse resulting in death is a serious legal issue. While many cases may not go to trial, those that do go to court are resulting in higher damage awards, raising concerns about insurance liability. “During the last five years or so, court awards for nursing home abuse and wrongful death have increased significantly,” said Michael Smith, a wrongful death lawyer in Arkansas. “Along with higher awards come higher insurance premiums for nursing homes, a fact the industry insists negatively impacts on the quality of care they offer. However, […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) July 8, 2014 – This grim story resulted in the father of a man shot by the police, live on Los Angeles television, filing a $20 million wrongful death lawsuit. “The lawsuit states that the victim’s federal and state civil rights were violated when Brian Beaird was shot by police,” explains accomplished Sacramento wrongful death lawyer, Deborah Barron, not involved in the case. “This story with a fatal ending began on December 13, 2013 at 9:30 pm. Beaird, discharged from the National Guard in 1988, was being pursued by officers for allegedly driving in a […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 17, 2014 – The latest legislation in Florida shielding nursing home investors from wrongful death lawsuits as a result of nursing home abuse is scary. It could happen in Texas. “A bill recently passed in Florida limits the rights of nursing home residents and offers protection to nursing home investors when patients in care are neglected or abused. It’s a disturbing piece of legislation in terms of what it says about the elderly residents in care – that they do not count. The broad terms of the bill may also shift the choice of […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 9, 2014 – The plaintiff in this wrongful death lawsuit alleges his daughter was released from hospital too soon, causing a preventable death. “The 17-year-old involved in this case was released from hospital in under two hours, which her father felt was too fast for her to have received the proper care for an overdose,” explains Daren Monroe, Litigation Funding Corporation representative. “The quick release also raised the suspicions of a local medical malpractice attorney.” On the teen’s release, she was taken to the Juvenile Detention Center, pursuant to an outstanding warrant for her […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 2, 2014 – Marion County Sheriff, Chris Blair and Deputies, Lauren Miley and Norman Brown, were found guilty for using excessive deadly force by a jury of 3 men and 5 women. The unarmed victim, Mr. Joshua Salvato, was 21-years-old at the time (nearly two years ago). Joshua Salvato was shot and killed by Deputies Lauren Miley and Norman Brown. The verdict was issued on May 29, 2014, after an eight-day trial before Judge William Terrell Hodges, of the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida Ocala Division. The jury awarded restitution damages […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 15, 2014 – A 15-year-old was killed in a T-bone crash at an intersection on his birthday. “This is a fairly common accident, and we have seen many T-bone collisions in our office. This particular case, which I am not involved with, happened in Oklahoma, but it could just as well have happened here in Austin,” says Austin wrongful death lawyer, Brooks Schuelke of Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP. The wrongful death lawsuit filed in this case was launched against the two drivers involved and Mitsubishi Motors, alleging their negligence caused the fatal crash. The […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 14, 2014 – A federal judge in Portland, Maine recently heard arguments on whether Illinois or Maine will be the proper jurisdiction for a recent, tragic wrongful death case. Nineteen wrongful death claims have risen from the July 2013 derailment of a Montreal, Maine and Atlantic (MMA) Railway train in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, Canada. The accident resulted in at least 42 deaths. The trustee overseeing MMA during bankruptcy proceedings moved to transfer the wrongful death cases to Maine. The company hopes to consolidate actions associated with its bankruptcy.  Attorneys representing the victims’ families opposed the […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 23, 2014 – After a 10-day trial, a Cook County jury awarded $6.65 million to the family of a man who died from a fall at a Kuwait air base. The award in the wrongful death case against CAV International Inc., a government contractor, came over four years after the death of John Bruce, a Chicago-area resident. “When negligence is involved, a wrongful death lawsuit is often appropriate to gain compensation for the family of the victim after a horrible accident like this,” says Paul Greenberg, a Chicago wrongful death attorney not involved in […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 21, 2014 – A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed over an August 2013 accident in Jacksonville, Illinois that killed a pedestrian. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the estate of Caryn Thomas in Morgan County Circuit Court, naming as defendants Mitchell Smith, Jay Shirley and Jay Shirley, Incorporated. According to the lawsuit, Thomas was on foot near the corner of Clay and Morton in Jacksonville when Smith, driving a semi-trailer owned by Shirley’s company, struck and killed her. “Obviously, pedestrians are extremely vulnerable in car accidents. That means that collisions involving people […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 14, 2014 – The night was still young for the South by Southwest festivalgoers, excited to be enjoying the event. Suddenly, a car crashed into groups of pedestrians, leaving two dead and many injured. “This event was truly horrific,” indicates Brooks Schuelke, a wrongful death lawyer with Austin’s Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP. “An allegedly drunk driver ran into a crowd of people attending a local festival, crashed into a van, taxicab and moped, killing two and injuring 23. The survivors were taken to a nearby hospital. Some were lucky enough to go home. At […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) March 11, 2014 – The family of a woman who died inside her car after being hit by a garbage truck files a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver and his employer. “This accident killed three people when they collided with a garbage truck. The 2006 KIA SUV was struck at the intersection of Harrison Street and Harlem Avenue, in Skokie,” recounts Daren Monroe of Litigation Funding Corporation, Michigan. The truck driver, an employee of the Village of Skokie, was not injured in the accident. The wrongful death lawsuit alleges that the truck driver was […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) February 21, 2014 – Under the terms of a settlement agreement in a wrongful death lawsuit, Commonwealth Edison will pay $3.2 million to the family of a man who was electrocuted while working on a bridge painting project in suburban Elgin, Illinois in 2008. Javier Valadez was preparing to sandblast the U.S. 20 Bridge over the Fox River in an aerial lift bucket when he came into contact with overhead distribution lines and was electrocuted. Ionnis Maroulis, another worker, was also killed. “In such horrible circumstances, a wrongful death lawsuit can bring a family compensation […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) February 17, 2014 – An insurance company is suing to avoid defending a worker death lawsuit. The dispute arises from a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a construction worker who was buried alive in a workplace accident. State National Insurance Company argues that it has no obligation to defend US-Sino Investment Incorporated, the construction company named as a defendant. State National has filed a complaint in federal court, claiming that it owes no duty of indemnification to US-Sino or the owner, Richard Xin Liu. The 2012 accident killed Raul Zapata Mercado and […]


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