North Carolina residents may have read media reports about a recent outbreak of Legionnaire's disease at an Atlanta hotel. The Georgia Department of Public Health has reported that one person has died as a result of the outbreak and a further 63 probable cases have been identified. A 67-year-old man who says that he contracted the disease while photographing a conference between June 27 and July 1 has filed a lawsuit against the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel. His attorney says that his client became sick because the hotel failed to adequately monitor and maintain its freshwater system.
North Carolina drivers who are interested in semi-autonomous cars should know that these vehicles are still far from entirely safe. There have been several fatal car crashes involving Tesla's semi-autonomous cars, and the latest has led to a wrongful death lawsuit. This lawsuit was announced on Aug. 1 and will be filed in Palm Beach County, Florida.
The inventor of a beer-dispensing system called Draftwell died in what appears to have been a preventable accident, and now the widow is filing a wrongful death lawsuit. The incident took place in SunTrust Park, which North Carolina residents may know is the home ballpark of the Atlanta Braves. The man had installed Draftwell in two other Major League Baseball stadiums and was going to install it in SunTrust Park. Draftwell was supposed to reduce the average pour time for beer from 14 seconds to 5 seconds.
North Carolina reality TV fans may be interested to learn that former "The Bachelor" star Chris Soules has settled a wrongful death suit with the family of a man he struck and killed with his pickup truck in 2017. He has agreed to pay the victim's relatives $2.5 million.
North Carolina residents may be aware that two deadly crashes have raised concerns about the safety of Boeing's new 737 MAX airliner. The most recent accident occurred on March 10 when Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 crashed just six minutes after taking off. All of the plane's 157 occupants perished in the accident. The tragedy came only five months after a 737 MAX crashed into the Java Sea 12 minutes after taking to the air. That accident claimed the lives of all 189 people on board.
North Carolina residents may be familiar with the storm chasing reports on the Weather Channel, especially on its program "Storm Wranglers." Two stars of that show died in a car crash back in March 2017 near the city of Spur, Texas. The crash also claimed the life of a 25-year-old storm spotter working for the National Weather Service.
People in North Carolina who have struggled to carry a baby's stroller down a flight of steps may have heard about a 22-year-old Connecticut mother who died doing the same thing in a New York City subway. No elevator was in service. The incident occurred around 8 p.m. on Jan. 28. The baby appeared to be unharmed.
A North Carolina zoo has experienced a major tragedy, after an escaped lion killed a 22-year-old intern on her second week on the job at the facility. The Conservators Center is located in Burlington, between the cities of Greensboro and Durham. It is home to over 80 animals, including 20 big cats; the collection includes lions, tigers and leopards. The woman lost her life while she participated in a routine cleaning of an enclosure for zoo animals on Dec. 30, 2018.
A North Carolina minister is facing a wrongful death lawsuit after he shot and killed his son-in-law. The 911 calls made by the minister on the day of the shooting were discussed in detail in a Harnett County courthouse on Dec. 7, 2018. The county's 911 communications manager testified on that day about the contents of the recorded calls. She faced questions from the lawyer representing the family of the man who was killed about specific language heard in the recordings.
Business owners in North Carolina may be aware of the issues that can arise if an employee is hurt or injured. The family of a man who worked for Amazon prior to his death is taking legal action against the company for wrongful death. He died in November 2016 of a heart attack while at home. Prior to his passing, he revealed to the company that he had HIV and various other medical conditions.