It's so difficult to deal with the loss of a loved one, even when their passing may have been predicted. The news is even harder when it is a surprise. Sometimes, there is nothing to do but begin the process of grieving. If someone was at fault for a person's death, however, it may be time to seek financial damages.
The criminal justice system exists to punish the offender for the damage done to society. At the same time, the civil court system is there to try and make people whole after they have been the victim of a crime or violation of some kind.
North Carolina drivers should know that the number of traffic deaths has definitely gone down when compared to the 1970s but is still too high. The National Safety Council released its preliminary estimate for 2019 and stated that approximately 38,800 people died in traffic accidents that year. The good news is that this is 2% fewer than in 2018 and 4% fewer deaths than in 2017.
North Carolina residents may remember hearing about the fire that erupted on a dive boat off the coast of Santa Barbara, California, in September 2019. It claimed 34 lives and has given rise to three lawsuits. In the third lawsuit, the boat's owners and the captain stand accused not only of being negligent but also of callously trying to limit their liability for the fire.
North Carolina residents may remember their shock when they learned in December 2012 that a lone gunman had shot and killed 20 children and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. The families of the victims and one person who survived the attack have been trying for years to hold the manufacturer of the weapon used in the mass shooting responsible in court for what they consider to be reckless and illegal marketing practices, but they have faced a number of legal challenges including a 2005 federal law that was passed specifically to shield gun makers from his kind of litigation.
When a person dies, another person could potentially file a wrongful death lawsuit on his or her behalf. This is generally true if the death is the result of another party's negligence. In some cases, the family of a victim can pursue both criminal and civil penalties against a defendant. Prior to filing a suit in North Carolina, an individual needs to determine if he or she has the standing to take legal action.
Residents of North Carolina may have heard about a gender reveal party in Iowa where some people accidentally created a pipe bomb, resulting in the death of a woman at the party. The incident is one of several accidents that have occurred at increasingly popular gender reveal parties resulting from attempts to make the reveal creative.
Fans of Lil Peep in North Carolina were likely saddened to learn of the star's overdose death in 2017. The young man, whose name was Gustav ?...hr, was a victim of the opioid epidemic who overdosed on a lethal combination of Xanax and fentanyl at the age of 21. His mother has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against his management company, and some legal experts believe that the lawsuit could change the landscape of the music industry.
North Carolina residents who watch 'The Walking Dead" on television may know that a stuntman lost his life while an episode of the hit AMC show was being filmed in 2017. The stuntman died as the result of injuries he suffered in a fall, and a wrongful death lawsuit brought by his family claims that he would be alive today if AMC and a production company had not cut corners on safety.
North Carolina fans of comedian David Spade might be interested to learn that the producers of his new comedy "Lights Out" have been slapped with a wrongful death claim stemming from a deadly car accident involving a staffer on the show. The lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Sept. 10.