Many people in North Carolina likely remember the criminal trial of O.J. Simpson during the 1990s in which he was found not guilty of murdering his wife, Nicole Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman. They might also be aware that Ron Goldman's family won a civil wrongful death lawsuit against Simpson in which they were awarded $33.5 million.
North Carolina residents who are fans of the Eagles may know that founder Glenn Frey passed away in 2016 from acute ulcerative colitis. The singer's widow has filed a lawsuit against Mount Sinai Hospital and the gastroenterologist who treated him. The lawsuit alleges that the hospital and the doctor were negligent in causing Frey's death. It also claims that Frey was in physical and mental pain when he passed away.
North Carolina football fans may be interested to learn that the family of a man who died after a fall at the stadium where the Denver Broncos play their home games filed a lawsuit against the stadium on Oct. 24. The man reportedly fell about 60 feet from a railing in a stairwell following a Broncos game on Oct. 24, 2016.
North Carolina residents who have children in the Boy Scouts of America may be interested to learn that a family is suing the organization for the death of their 15-year-old child. The boy reportedly died from heatstroke while on a trip in west Texas in June.
A truck accident involving a North Carolina Wagon Train hobbyist group on Sept. 1 resulted in the death of one person and left at least two others with serious injuries. Additionally, a horse that was part of the wagon train had to be euthanized at the scene.
North Carolina residents may be interested in a recent lawsuit that demonstrates the dynamics of a wrongful death claim. It raises important issues for landlords, condominium management boards and those in the hired security fields.
On June 19, the family of an 18-year-old girl filed a lawsuit against a North Carolina outdoor recreational park after she contracted meningoencephalitis and died. This disease is caused by the Naegleria fowleri amoeba, an organism that eats brain tissue.
North Carolina companies should know that they could be held responsible for the actions of an employee if they had prior knowledge of the employee's abusive behavior. In April 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit decided that a lawsuit against a home improvement chain alleging its negligence in the murder of a pregnant employee by a supervisor will be sent back to the lower court to be heard.
On March 29, a two-vehicle accident involving a church bus in southwest Texas resulted in the deaths of 13 people. Authorities stated that two different police departments received reports of a pickup truck that was being driven erratically just prior to the crash.
A death in a North Carolina family can substantially disrupt normal life and inflict financial hardships. When a surviving family member has cause to believe that negligent actions by another party resulted in the death, then a lawsuit can be brought forward on behalf of the victim's estate. Generally, any wrongful acts or neglect that might have imposed liability for damages upon someone if the victim had survived would serve as qualified reasons to pursue damages for wrongful death.