Last month, an El Paso couple filed a wrongful death lawsuit seeking damages over $1 million and alleging gross negligence against El Paso Children's Hospital and a prominent local doctor over the death of their three-year-old daughter. According to the lawsuit, the family alleges the hospital and doctor intentionally created profit-driven policies that caused extreme delays in the admission and administration of life saving emergent care for young patients. In this case, the couple's daughter suffered from hydrocephalus, a life-threatening but treatable condition where fluid becomes trapped in the brain, and spent nearly fourteen hours uncontrollably vomiting in the hospital's waiting room before the young girl finally went limp, turned blue, and began foaming at the mouth.
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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.
As we approach month seven of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are confronted with more questions than we have answers. One question that is becoming progressively common involves the ability of someone adversely impacted by COVID-19 to bring a lawsuit. Although COVID-19 litigation is unknown to our legal system, based on the number of lawsuits already filed, it will not remain unknown for long.
Firm attorneys Benny Agosto, Jr. and Lena Laurenzo settled a federal court lawsuit arising out of the death of a maintenance technician employee at a Texas manufacturing plant. The fatality occurred during a maintenance task that was being performed when a large piece of machinery fell on top of the employee. The employee died shortly thereafter due to the crush injuries he sustained. Christmas was only days away, and one of the employee's daughters was to be married in two weeks.
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."
Wando Evans, 51, died on March 25, 2020, from complications of COVID-19. He was a 15-year employee of Walmart and worked as an overnight stock and maintenance associate. Days later, on March 29, 2020, another employee who worked at the same Walmart died from COVID-19.
On July 3, 2019, Juanita Edwards, then 84-years-old, went outside to get her newspaper. After she went back inside her home, it exploded. Natural gas that had been seeping out of a defective line and into the ground beneath her home had found an ignition source. According to the wrongful death lawsuit filed against New Mexico Gas Co., "Decedent's home erupted in an explosion while she was inside."
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.
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.