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Wrongful Death Archives

Apartment Complex Fire, Fire Safety System Failure Alleged in Wrongful Death Lawsuit

The surviving son of Texas deceased man, Augustin Suchil, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against an apartment complex and the management company for the apartment complex. In April of 2019, the apartment complex caught fire during a lightning storm. Suchil was asleep when the fire began at the apartment complex, and smoke eventually consumed the apartment units and hallways. Firefighters bravely put the fire out and rescued Suchil, but unfortunately, Suchil later died of his injuries.

$50M Lawsuit Filed for Woman Declared Dead and Found Alive at Funeral Home

Earlier this month, the family of Timesha Beauchamp filed a lawsuit against the paramedics who wrongfully declared her dead before she was later found breathing after her body had been delivered to a funeral home. On August 23, Southfield EMS was sent to respond to a 911 call after the Beauchamps found their daughter, Timesha unresponsive at their home. According to the lawsuit, the paramedics declared Timesha, who had cerebral palsy, dead after attempting CPR for approximately six minutes and obtaining permission from a doctor who was contacted by phone. The lawsuit further alleges the paramedics provided misleading information to the doctor about Timesha's vital signs that indicated she was still alive.

Lawsuit Filed After Family Loses Son to Fraternity Hazing

Hazing has been a part of fraternity lifestyle for years, and even though some people enjoy the culture, it can be harmful to its members and their families. In 2019, Sam Martinez was one of these members that lost his life while being hazed during a college fraternity event. After being pressured into drinking a half gallon of rum, Martinez lost consciousness and succumbed to the alcohol poisoning, which was not discovered until the next morning.

Wrongful Death Lawsuits Filed - Kobe Bryant Helicopter Crash

Two of the families whose relatives were killed in the Kobe Bryant helicopter crash in January of this year have filed wrongful death lawsuits against the company that owned and operated the helicopter, Island Express. The lawsuit alleges that Island Express was "negligent and careless, in regard to owning, leasing, managing, maintaining, controlling, entrusting, chartering, and operating" the helicopter in question and that Island Express' negligence caused the death of all those aboard the aircraft. Further, the lawsuit seeks wrongful death damages for funeral and burial expenses and "all other damages by law."

Houston Nursing Home Hit with Wrongful Death Claim After Resident Died of Head Injuries

On February 4, 2020, the son of a former resident of The Village of River Oaks ("the nursing home") filed a lawsuit in the Harris County District Court against the nursing home. The son filed the lawsuit individually and on behalf of his father's estate, while two other family members brought the lawsuit individually, all alleging the nursing home failed to provide a reasonable care for its resident, which resulted in the decedent's ("the decedent") death.

$100M Trial Against Security Company for Wrongful Death Caused by Armored Truck Settles During Jury Deliberations

In January 2018, an armored truck driver in Arlington, Texas, made an unexpected left-hand turn, hitting and killing a motorcyclist. The motorcyclist's family filed a lawsuit against the security company that employed the driver, arguing that the company had a history of failing to adequately vet, train, and supervise its drivers.

Wrongful Death Suit Filed Against Lyft

The family of a deceased man is suing Lyft after one of its drivers caused his death in a car accident. Accidents, injuries, and deaths caused by the negligence of drivers that work for ridesharing companies such as Uber or Lyft have become quite common. Further, these accidents do not only harm passengers; pedestrians have been hit, people abducted, and valuables stolen. Due to these incidents, Uber and Lyft maintain relatively large liability insurance policies so they have the insurance funds available to compensate those injured or harmed by their drivers.

Roller Coaster Death - Parents of Deceased 12-Year-Old File Suit

On June 27, 2019, a 12-year old boy died while riding a roller coaster called the "Hoosier Hurricane" in Indiana Beach, Indiana. The young boy was attended to by medical personnel on the ride but died later that afternoon. The actual cause of death is still unknown as the young boy's autopsy revealed "no trauma, injury, congenital abnormalities, or toxins." The White County Sherriff, Bill Brooks, stated that young boy's medical history is unremarkable, and the only illness or injury of any significance was a recent upper respiratory infection. However, others who have ridden the same roller coaster reported having been shocked when getting off the ride, giving authorities a lead as to a possible cause of death. The parents of the young boy have filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

Wrongful Death Suits Filed Against Railroad

The widow of a Union Pacific Railroad engineer who died in a train collision last October filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the company after an apparent mechanical brake malfunction. On the day of the incident, engineer Jason Martinez's train was heading east to North Platte, Nebraska, when the train's crew realized the brakes were malfunctioning. The crew alerted Union Pacific Railroad dispatch center and informed them that the train had accelerated to 50 mph and was unable to stop. The train ultimately collided with another train that was stopped on the tracks about 18 miles west of Cheyenne, Wyoming. No one was in the stopped train at the time of collision.

California Jury Awards Over $6,000,000 in Wrongful Death Suit

In March of 2016, a pedestrian was struck by a car at the Whittier Uptown Association's Farmers Market. The driver of the vehicle was a vendor at the market, and she struck the pedestrian while backing out of her parking spot. The death was ruled an accident, but the family of the pedestrian sued both the driver and the Whittier Uptown Association.

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    The firm successfully represented nearly 100 victims who suffered personal injuries and damages to property from a large fire and explosion resulting in a settlement of more than $50 million. The firm served as lead lawyers on the steering committee in this litigation.

  • $80 Million Plant Explosion

    The firm successfully represented 270 plaintiffs, taking a lead role in the plaintiffs’ steering committee, who suffered injuries in a large plant explosion resulting in a settlement of nearly $80 million.

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    The firm successfully represented 45 personal injury victims in a plant fire and explosion, serving on the plaintiffs steering committee, concluding with a settlement of more than $50 million.

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    The firm prevailed in a personal injury trial for a worksite injury client with the jury returning a verdict and resulting in a judgment of over $22 million for the firm’s client.

  • $12 Million 18-Wheeler Collision

    The firm successfully achieved a $12 million settlement for the family of a man who died in an 18 wheeler collision.

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    The firm prevailed on behalf of three burn victims with settlements totaling nearly $48 million.

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