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.
Hot weather can be fatal when companies don't provide their employees enough training, supervision, or equipment for the conditions.
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.
In December 2018, a Dallas jury returned a $25 million wrongful death verdict against a club in Dallas. In reaching its verdict, the jury found that the club over-served former Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent, who flipped his Mercedes, killing his friend and teammate Jerry Brown.
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.
A man in Santa Fe, New Mexico has filed a lawsuit against Pacifica Senior Living for the death of his father, Julian Gaul. In February 2017, the staff found the 83-year-old man lying on the floor between his wheelchair and bed, and transported him to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center. The man's son, Fred Gaul, was told by a doctor that blood had been collecting in his father's brain for some time, likely from an earlier fall. Less than 24 hours later, Gaul was found on the floor again and was taken to the hospital and treated for a broken nose and wide gash across his forehead that required six stitches. Sores were discovered in his groin region along with fungus growing on his genitalia from not being cleaned for months. Gaul died three days later.
In February of 2017, Bradley Ireland, then 64 years-old, suffered severe injuries after his apartment caught fire. He died later that day. Julia Ireland Meo, Mr. Ireland's daughter, has sued Apple and alleged that the fire started due to a faulty battery pack in an iPad. According to the suit, "The fire was caused by a defect in the subject tablet, specifically affecting the tablet's battery pack." The fire started in Mr. Bradley's kitchen.
A woman representing the estate of her veteran husband filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the United States after her husband died from treatment at the Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia, South Carolina. Ralph Keogh, who had previously been treated for acute myelogenous leukemia, went to the VA hospital on January 22, 2017 for nausea and vomiting. The lawsuit alleges that the Dorm VA medical staff administered multiple doses of a medication called Pegfilgrastim, instead of the medication that was actually prescribed to him with a similar name-Filgrastim.
On November 28, 2018, the family of David Kveton filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Harris County, Texas against Baylor St. Luke's Hospital and its affiliates for a failed heart transplant that occurred in January 2017. After the surgery, Mr. Kveton's wife, Judy Kveton, was told her husband's heart wasn't acting right. She decided to take him off life support. Two months later, Mrs. Kveton received an anonymous letter in the mail which sparked her investigation into the accountability for her husband's death. The letter accused Mr. Kveton's surgeon, Dr. Jeffrey Morgan, of performing "mishap, after mishap with patients over the years," and even went as far as to say he "should not have been allowed to operate on Patients."
Richard Bouder, 54, was killed in July of 2017 by a gas explosion when he suffered fatal injuries due to flying debris. Bouder, an employee of UGI Utilities, was investigating a potential gas leak at a residence in Lancaster County Pennsylvania at the time of the explosion. Bounder was the utility worker dispatched to the home after reports of gas odor. The explosion leveled the home, killed Richard Bouder, and injured two others.