Posted on Thursday, May 10th, 2012 at 1:45 pm
In 2006, the body of an 18-year-old College of New Jersey student was found in a landfill in Pennsylvania. The student was last seen in his dormitory, and the circumstances surrounding his death are still unclear six years later.
The parents of the slain student filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the state and the university, claiming that safety and security issues were the main reasons why their son was no longer living.
On Monday, the wrongful death suit was scheduled to begin its trial hearing, but a settlement was reached before then. The settlement will award the family $425,000 for damages and suffering.
The College of New Jersey has never admitted guilt in the case but said that the litigation costs of going to trial were not practical for the college, so a settlement was sought. The parents of the teenager hope that this suit brings to light the importance of campus security and safety for students.
Posted on Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 at 9:47 pm
The mother of Yeardley Love, the 22-year-old female lacrosse player that was murdered by a men’s lacrosse player at the University of Virginia, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the coaches of the men’s lacrosse team, and also against the state.
On May 3, 2010, the University of Virginia lacrosse player was killed by a former boyfriend. Love was said to have had a rocky relationship with her killer, and they were seen arguing just days before she was slain. George Huguely, 24, was convicted of second-degree murder in the case of Yeardley Love’s death.
The jury in Huguely’s case suggested that he serve 26 years behind bars for the crime that he committed. Love’s mother also filed a separate wrongful death lawsuit personally against Huguely. The amount for that lawsuit was set at $30.5 million. The amount of money that Love is requesting in the other wrongful death lawsuit is not known at this time.
Posted on Friday, April 27th, 2012 at 3:43 pm
The former NFL player and also lead plaintiff in an concussion-related lawsuit against the organization, Ray Easterling, was found dead in his home last Thursday.
According to legal officials, the nature of the concussion-related lawsuits may change from personal injury to wrongful death. Investigators believe the Easterling’s death was a self-inflicted gun shot that.
Sources close to the man stated that the past six months have been mentally straining on him and he was having trouble remembering things as well as repeating himself often. Sixty-one concussion-related lawsuits have been filed at this time and these represent nearly 1,260 former NFL players.
Posted on Friday, February 24th, 2012 at 7:47 pm
A wrongful death lawsuit filed by the mother of deceased boxer Arturo Gatti’s young daughter has been tossed by a New Jersey court. The lawsuit claims that the boxer’s widow, Amanda Rodriguez Gatti, is responsible for his death. In 2009, Gatti died in an apartment in Brazil. The death was ruled a suicide, but several people who were close to the boxer have hired investigators to dispute the findings.
The defense was granted a motion to dismiss, arguing that New Jersey courts did not have the proper jurisdiction to hear the case because the death occurred in Brazil, and Rodriguez Gatti and any witnesses would have to travel all the way to New Jersey to testify. Because the boxer’s death was in Brazil and Rodriguez Gatti resides in Canada, the wrongful death lawsuit can be filed in either country.
To speak with an attorney about filing a wrongful death lawsuit, contact the New Jersey wrongful death lawsuit attorneys of Levinson Axelrod, P.A. by calling 800-346-5529 today.
Posted on Thursday, February 9th, 2012 at 9:33 pm
On October 28, 2011 around 11 p.m. at night, a 54-year-old man was struck by two separate motor vehicles and left in the middle of the street. He ultimately died from his injuries.
The man had just been dropped off by a transit bus, and was in the process of crossing the street when he was hit by the first car. The car was being driven by a 19-year-old college sophomore. She did not stop and help the man, and turned herself into police five days after the accident. There is reason to believe that she had been drinking before getting behind the wheel.
As the man lay injured on the street, a second vehicle approached and ran him over again. The 52-year-old driver continued on the road. She was arrested by police a week after the incident. Both drivers are facing charges of causing death with an automobile, and fleeing the scene of a crime.
Family members of the victim have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against both women in the case. They also have plans to sue the NJ Transit company for not securing a safe bus stop.
Posted on Thursday, February 2nd, 2012 at 9:37 pm
A soccer match at the Port Said stadium in Egypt led to a bloody massacre of 74 people. The home team was favored to win, but it didn’t work out that way.
Al-Masry lost to Al-Ahly with a score of 3-1. After the game, large crowds of fans flooded the stadium grounds. People are blaming the negligence of the military personnel on hand for the chaos that followed the end of the game. Thousands of people were located on the grass of the field, when fans began to pull knives and harmful objects out of their pockets.
Fans of the losing team were chased to areas where they could not evacuate, due to large locked gates. The individuals were pushed up against the gates when they were attacked by the opposing fans. After the madness subsided, a total of 74 people had lost their lives and hundreds were injured.
An investigation into the murders is underway and at this time it is not known if this was a politically-motivated attack or not.
Posted on Thursday, January 26th, 2012 at 9:13 pm
The family of an 88-year-old woman has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in the case of her death. The New Jersey woman passed away from Vitamin D poisoning after drinking a herbal health drink on a regular basis for three months.
The woman developed severe kidney problems and also suffered heart problems during that time. According to the creator of the drink, Gary Null, the manufacturers of the supplement powder had added too much Vitamin D into a batch, resulting in each serving of that batch containing one million units of Vitamin D instead of 1000 units.
By the time of her death, the woman had consumed 60 servings of the tainted mixture. Numerous other people who had drank the mixture from the irregular batch also came forward with similar complaints, and several of them have been hospitalized with kidney infections.
Posted on Thursday, January 19th, 2012 at 10:58 pm
The massive Costa Concordia cruise ship was grounded last Friday near Giglio, Italy when the captain made a fatal error in navigating the liner.
The captain chose to steer the ship near the shore without knowing a reef was protruding from the water. The reef created a 160-foot gash in the ship, which caused the liner to tilt on it’s side. The captain abandoned ship before all passengers were able to evacuate and thus was arrested. He is being charged with several felonies, including manslaughter and abandoning ship.
His reckless maneuvering of the ship left 11 people dead as of current and 21 people are still missing. Rescue missions were halted over the weekend due to harsh weather and were recently resumed Wednesday morning.
Our thoughts and condolences go out to the victims’ family and friends during this difficult time.
Posted on Thursday, January 12th, 2012 at 5:44 pm
The family of a 19 year-old man who was killed by Garfield and Bergen county police officers are planning on filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the counties.
Their relative was shot early last month after he fled from a police station where he was to be charged with assault. Police found him in a residential garage and say he armed himself with tools he found inside.
Supporters are planning on marching to protest the murder and claim police used excessive force. Despite Garfield County officials rejecting supporters’ permit application to demonstrate, family and friends plan to march from his home to the site of his death.
Posted on Thursday, December 29th, 2011 at 12:15 am
The family of a man who was found hanging while in the custody of Chicago Police, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Chicago.
The man was found hanging in Area 2 of the police department and three days later, another detainee was also found hanging in this area. The police commander who used to be in charge of Area 2 was convicted after he lied about inflicting pain against black males while they were detained. Both of the man who died were black.
The family of one of the men who died wants their questions answered and have stated that an investigation done internally will not be thorough enough. They are seeking to understand the history of Area 2.