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.
In North Carolina and other states, a statute of limitations may apply in a wrongful death case. Once the statute of limitations expires, an individual is generally unable to pursue legal action in the matter. The time in which a person has to file a suit in a wrongful death case begins when the cause of death is known or should have reasonably been known. In some cases, this may begin before an individual passes away.
North Carolina residents may remember the fatal duck boat accident that took place on July 19 in Missouri. A boat conducting a "Ride the Ducks" tour sank into Table Rock Lake after taking in too much water during a storm. The 31 passengers went under, and 17 drowned. On July 29, attorneys representing the families of the deceased filed a wrongful death suit against Ripley Entertainment, the company that runs the tours.
North Carolina residents who have followed the aftermath of the shooting at Margery Stoneman Douglas High School might be interested to learn that the father of a teenager killed in that incident has filed a lawsuit against multiple parties. The defendants include the armed resource officer who was on duty in the school at the time but did not enter the building; the estate of the late mother of Nikolas Cruz, the man accused of carrying out the killings; the people with whom Cruz lived leading up to the massacre; and the mental health facilities that treated the man. According to the lawsuit, all of these parties failed to prevent the shooting.
In North Carolina, wrongful death claims demand adequate compensation after a preventable accident. A recent news story reported that a woman from South Carolina died on an airplane in April 2016. The 25-year-old woman's parents filed a wrongful death lawsuit claiming that the pilot was negligent because he did not redirect the airplane to undergo an emergency landing when their daughter needed medical attention. Furthermore, the lawsuit claimed that the crew did not furnish modern medical equipment during the episode.
Music fans in North Carolina were stunned by the news that musician Prince suddenly passed away in April 2016 at the age of 57 of an opioid overdose. Two years after his death, his next of kin have filed a wrongful death lawsuit. The trustee for Prince's next of kin filed the three-count suit against those who the family claims contributed to Prince's death. The lawsuit lists Trinity Health Systems, an employee at Trinity Medical Center, several employees at Walgreens and the Walgreens corporation as defendants.