When Does a Death Qualify as “Wrongful” in Nebraska?

Losing someone you love can be horrific, especially if it was the result of an accident that could have been prevented. Not only do the remaining family members have to deal with their pain and suffering from the loss, but they are also left with medical, funeral, and cost of living expenses. Certain criteria can create a scenario in which the passing of a person can be classified as a wrongful death, and legal Read More

Nebraska Child Death Review Team Releases Death Report

The state of Nebraska’s Child Death Review Team has recently released its report on deaths which occurred to children in 2009. This report indicated that 237 children died throughout the entire state by various causes. The top five causes for deaths to newborn children to age 17 in 2009 include: Pregnancy related Birth defects Automobile accidents Sudden unexpected infant death General medical Read More

Chicago Officer’s Family Sues Pawn Shop Over Death

The family of a Chicago police officer who was killed in a shootout has filed a lawsuit in federal court this week against a Mississippi pawn shop that sold the gun used in the shooting, according to court documents. The suit was filed by the family of Chicago police officer Thomas Wortham IV, an Iraqi war veteran who was shot in front of his parents' Chatham neighborhood home in 2010. Named as defendant in the Read More

Trial Date Set in Michael Jackson Wrongful Death Suit

A trial date has been set in Michael Jackson's wrongful-death lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court, and opening statements are set to begin on Monday. The lawsuit was filed by Jackson's 82-year-old mother, Katherine, against concert promoter Anschutz Entertainment Group Live over Jackson's untimely death on June 25, 2009, at age 50. The suit alleges that AEG Live acted negligently in hiring Dr. Conrad Murray Read More

$6.5M Awarded to Family of Man Shot to Death by Police

The family of a man who was shot and killed by Long Beach, California, police officers who mistook a water hose nozzle he was holding for a handgun, was awarded $6.5 million by a federal jury this week. Jurors found that the constitutional rights of the shooting victim, Doug Zerby, were violated when officers responding to a call in December 2010 about a man waving a handgun outside the Belmont Shore Apartments, Read More

Suits Filed Over Starvation Death at Richmond Jail

Two lawsuits have been filed by the estate of a mentally unstable U.S. military veteran, alleging that workers and a doctor at a Richmond, Virginia, jail are liable for his death. The lawsuits were filed in Richmond Circuit Court against Richmond Sheriff C.T. Woody Jr. and members of the jail's medical staff, as well as Dr. Gregory J. Pleasants, the physician who was responsible for providing medical care to Read More

Supplement Manufacturer Faces Wrongful Death Suit

A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed by the parents of a soldier who died after taking a workout supplement containing a dangerous stimulant, according to court documents. The suit was filed by the parents of Michael Sparling against the manufacturer of Jack3d, a supplement containing the stimulant dimethylamylamine (DMAA), and GNC, the retail store where the supplement was purchased. The parents claim that Read More

Fraternity Sued Over Hazing Death

A fraternity is being sued by the parents of a Northern Illinois University student who died of alcohol poisoning after an initiation party. The parents of 19-year-old David Bogenberger filed the lawsuit this week against the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, alleging that chapter leaders forced new members to consume dangerous amounts of alcohol at an initiation party as a condition of membership. David's body was Read More

Family Files Suit Over E. coli Death

A family in Minnesota has filed suit against three meat companies over the death of their brother, who died of kidney failure resulting from an E. coli infection, according to court documents. The lawsuit involves the death of 62-year-old Robert Danell in January 2010, who died after being hospitalized for 10 days. Doctors did not realize that Danell, who suffered from Down's Syndrome, was infected with E. coli Read More

$3 Million Settlement in Frat Party Death Suit

The parents of a Pennsylvania university student will receive over $3 million in a case involving their son's death at a frat party. Their son, a 20-year-old junior at John Carroll University fell to his death at a New Year's Eve party at the Phi Kappa Sigma house on the University of Pennsylvania campus in 2010. The student was intoxicated when he fell while climbing a flight of stairs at the frat house. He Read More