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.
Many people in North Carolina use elevators every day without thinking that a breakdown could cost them their lives. A deadly accident in a major city serves as a reminder that elevators require ongoing maintenance to ensure safe operation. Residents of the building, where a 30-year-old man perished when the elevator car slipped down the shaft as he was exiting, had experienced problems with the elevator before he died.
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.