WWE's Doink the Clown Dead, Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed | Law Firm Newswire

WWE’s Doink the Clown Dead, Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed

Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) September 9, 2015 - Matt Osborne, aka Doink the Clown, died an untimely death in 2013 from an accidental overdose of morphine and hydrocodone, allegedly taken as the result of traumatic brain injuries sustained while wrestling as a contender for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).

Doink the Clown’s death came as a shock to many. His widow, Michelle James, and their two children were named as plaintiffs in a wrongful death lawsuit alleging negligence and fraud in regard to the WWE’s mistreatment of Osborne, which led to his death. Even though Osborne had been a known drug user, his widow alleges that the years of concussions he sustained in the ring led to his drug addiction and depression.

The statement of claim alleges that the WWE, though fully aware of the dire consequences relating to repetitive head trauma while in the ring, did not properly inform their wrestlers or take steps to protect them.

“In failing to inform their wrestlers about traumatic brain injury risks, the WWE allegedly failed to disclose relevant facts about head injuries or offered misleading truths,” said Litigation Funding Corporation representative, Daren Monroe. Although the WWE created the Wellness Program in 2006, it evidently created a false sense of security for many wrestlers, leading many to choose not to pursue treatment for their various symptoms.

The WWE in turn suggests attorneys are targeting them as a way to make big money by filing concussion-related lawsuits, similar to those filed in the NFL. Whether or not there is a solid basis for making such claims remains to be seen, but in the meantime, Osborne’s widow is seeking compensation for the loss of her husband.

James may find it helpful to apply to a litigation funding company for a lawsuit loan to keep the family moving forward financially. Losing a spouse and all the support that they provided is particularly difficult when there are younger children involved and there is suddenly only one person left to pay the bills.

“Pre-settlement funding is an emergency lawsuit loan designed to assist a plaintiff pay their bills and other extraordinary expenses related to a sudden death and still retain enough to be able to comfortably live on while they wait for a settlement or their case to go to court,” said Monroe.

Many plaintiffs find a lawsuit loan appealing because they do not pay any money upfront or during the duration of the loan, are not subjected to a credit check, are not required to have a job when they apply and may keep the funds if their case is not successfully won. Applicants for lawsuit funding are required to have an attorney working with them and provide the litigation funding company with the required documents to assess the winability of the case.

While applying for a lawsuit loan is not for everyone, it is certainly a viable option for many financially struggling plaintiffs to consider.

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7115 Orchard Lake Rd, Ste 320
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
Call: 1.866.LIT.FUND

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