Last month on our Fayetteville, North Carolina, personal injury law blog, we discussed a tragic accident involving two teens from Millbrook High School in Raleigh. Prior to the accident, witnesses reported that the students were at a party where the teen driver of the vehicle had been drinking. While driving home from the party, the teen driver lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a tree. He was treated for his injuries at a local hospital, but the passenger in his vehicle was killed.
Last week, the Raleigh community was devastated to learn that a student from Millbrook High School was killed in an alleged drunk driving accident. She was a passenger in a vehicle that was being driven by a friend who was later charged for causing the fatal crash.
Choosing to put a loved one in a nursing home can be a difficult decision for Fayetteville families to make, and learning to trust a facility and its staff to take care of a loved one may take some time. Although many facilities prove to provide nursing home patients with the proper treatment they need, there are also many instances of negligence and abuse that occur each year at nursing homes in North Carolina and throughout the entire country.
While an incident involving a man who died after being shot by Fayetteville police with a Taser in August remains under investigation, another man was hospitalized Wednesday morning after he was stunned with a Taser.
Coping with the death of a loved one is never easy. But when a loved one is killed as a result of another's negligence, the death can be especially difficult to accept. Not only do North Carolina families become emotionally devastated when a loved one is killed in an accident caused by another's negligence, they may also be forced to suffer the financial consequences of such a tragic event.
When a fatal motor vehicle accident is caused someone else's negligence or wrongdoing, surviving family members and loved ones are left stunned and desperate for answers, which is often the motivation for bringing a wrongful death case.
Earlier this year, a Fayetteville mother learned that her son had died just hours after sending him to a local hospital in an ambulance. She was told that her 27-year-old son could not be resuscitated after he had stopped breathing at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. Now the woman is suing the hospital and several security guards for negligence, claiming that more could have been done to resuscitate her son.
Losing a loved one in any type of accident is tragic, but the death of a loved one may be especially difficult to handle if the accident could have easily been prevented. In August, a North Carolina woman was killed on the job while operating a lawnmower. Investigations of the incident concluded this month, revealing that the woman's employer had violated the Occupational Safety and Health Act of North Carolina.
Today, many Americans are still in shock after the wrongful death of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon. The 33-year-old IndyCar driver died in an accident during Sunday's race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He leaves behind a wife and two children.
It is one thing to lose a child due to unavoidable circumstances, but losing a son or daughter in an event that could have been prevented is especially tragic. The parents of a former football player for Western Carolina University lost their son after he died from complications from an enlarged heart. Now the family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the university claiming that their son's death could have been prevented.