If a family member has suffered as a result of personal injury or wrongful death, bringing a cause of action is not necessarily about personal gain. The individuals or businesses deemed responsible for the wrongful death are often forced into action to prevent the deaths of others, even if they’ve settled out of court.
Here are some things you should know about personal injury and wrongful death cases.
Q: Can a wrongful death lawsuit stem from a criminal activity?
Someone going to
The family of a Texas A&M University student who died as a result of an overdose recently filed suit against the Sigma Nu fraternity house. In the wrongful death lawsuit, the family of the deceased student named the fraternity itself and several of its members as defendants. Anton Gridnev was found dead inside the Sigma Nu chapter house.
A wrongful death claim arises when a loved one is killed due to the fault of another person or entity. If the victim would have a personal injury claim if he or she would have survived, then a loved one will likely have a wrongful death claim.
Loved ones can recover damages for the loss of a family member, including:
Only certain family members can assert wrongful death claims, however.
He died while on duty when his patrol car was struck "nearly head on by a drunken driver" who had just left her shift as a stripper. The hero police officer reportedly "took the hit for another citizen who was coming behind him." He is survived by his reported common-law wife and their young son, who have commenced a wrongful death lawsuit against the stripper and the strip club owners.
A Texas family has initiated a lawsuit against the technology giant Apple following the death of their
The laws of negligence assign liability to anyone who acts unreasonably and carelessly, causing injury and harm to another person. In most cases, there is no need for the responsible party to have acted intentionally, so long as their actions represent a deviation from
According to court documents and news reports, on May 16, 2013, police officers in Fort Worth executed a “no-knock” search warrant at a residence on Thannisch Avenue; bursting into the house without warning in a search for drugs. 34-year-old Jermaine Darden was in the home at that time, and his family alleges that the police officers’ actions killed him.
Darden’s family alleges that he suffered a heart attack and died after officers needlessly choked, kicked, and shot him with a stun gun. They filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the officers involved at the scene and the city of Fort Worth.
Lawyers for the city contended that Darden tried to resist arrest, but witnesses said he made no attempt to flee, attack, or resist.