On the morning of August 1, 2016, Manuel Delacruz tragically died as a result of excessive use of force by officers of the Port Arthur Police Department. Manuel was 26-years-old and suffered from severe schizophrenia. On the morning of his death, he went to Medical Center Southeast Texas in Port Arthur, Texas for treatment of his mental disorder. Manuel's parents contacted the Port Arthur Police Department to get a mental health warrant in order for Manuel to be treated at the medical center. The law enforcement officers of Port Arthur Police Department engaged in multiple acts of improper and excessive use of force in trying to detain Manuel, including tasing and striking him, which ultimately ended up killing Manuel.
A Texas family has filed suit against a Colorado ski resort after a mother and her two children were thrown from a ski lift due to a ski lift malfunction.
On December 1, 2017, Yesenia Espinoza, a contract worker for Echo Maintenance was killed at the Beaumont Exxon Mobil refinery after she was struck by a piece of piping. Ms. Espinoza was working a project to build a SCANfinig unit, which removes sulfur from gasoline to comply ultra-low sulfur gasoline standards, the sources said. SCAN stands for Selective Cat Naphtha hydrofining.
A Georgia-based non-profit and associated companies have agreed to pay $1.25M for claims that they provided effectively worthless services to residents in a Mississippi nursing home. The lawsuit was filed against nursing care conglomerate owners, Julie and Douglas Mittleider, and their companies for rendering prison-like conditions to elderly residents. A string of former complaints, and even a state-wide ban in Massachusetts, precedes the Mittleiders' reputation for providing substandard care that has left residents severely injured and dead.
A family has recently filed a lawsuit against Boy Scouts of America, alleging negligence on behalf of the organization for the death of their teenage son. Last June, Reid Comita enrolled in a backpacking course in order to fulfill his final requirement to accomplish Eagle Scout. According to his father, his family specifically signed Reid up for the introductory backpacking class because their son was not very athletic and because that specific course requires that at least two adults accompany the hiking troop. Accordingly, the Comitas felt the introductory course was the safest option for their son.
In 2014, an 18-year-old woman, Madeline Roskie, died when she was electrocuted while inner-tubing on the Puyallup River in Washington State. The family of the deceased woman has sued Puget Sound Energy ("PSE") for wrongful death.
On April 14, 2017, Susan Coons, a 44-year-old- Elizaville resident, was identified as a victim in a work construction accident. Coons was in the process of leveling a field at 7775 Albany Post Road when she was struck by a 800 ton bulldozer. According to state police, the partner was moving the machine to make a minor adjustment to the blade and then noticed that Coons was struck by the bulldozer.
The family of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black man who was fatally shot in 2014 by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, reached a settlement with the City of Ferguson after more than two years of filing a wrongful death lawsuit. The judge agreed to keep the settlement sealed in order to keep the individuals involved in the case safe.
The dangers of leaving children alone in the car during the summer months are well known to us in society. Unfortunately, despite the numerous public service announcements reminding us of these dangers, it seems that every year we hear about another heat stroke death as a result of a child being left alone in the car. However, children are not the only ones susceptible to heat stroke.
The family of Bessie Shealey, a 73-year-old woman who died last year is suing a nursing home in Deep Creek, alleging the staff there didn't properly monitor and care for a bedsore, leading to her death.