A California construction worker is dead after falling from a bridge over the 91 Freeway on May 18. The man reportedly fell during the early morning hours as he was participating in demolition activities. Official reports show that the preventable death occurred when a portion of the railroad bridge buckled from beneath the 59-year-old victim. The accident caused traffic to be obstructed in both directions on that road for several hours in the Riverside area.
Famous actor Paul Walker and his friend died in a fiery wreck in November 2013. Now, the other man's wife is seeking financial compensation from Porsche, claiming that design flaws in his vehicle caused the pair to perish in the tragic crash. The woman is seeking compensation through a wrongful death suit against the high-end automaker. The victim in this case was reportedly a trained race car driver who would have known how to handle such a powerful vehicle; the Porsche model is designed to reach speeds of more than 200 mph.
Family members of a 27-year-old woman who was struck by a legislator's aide in December are pursuing legal action against the politician's office. Official reports show that the relatives are attempting to link California Rep. Lois Capps to the accident, as it appears that her staffer was working for her in an official capacity on the night that he struck the victim and then fled the scene of the crime. If that is true, then the federal government could be held liable in the wrongful death case, as could the driver and the congresswoman herself.
A horrific accident in California has led one family to file a wrongful death suit against a Los Angeles-area hospital after an elderly woman was reportedly frozen alive. The lawsuit alleges that the woman was allegedly placed in a morgue freezer while she was still living. Hospital officials are facing allegations of mutilation, medical negligence and wrongful death in connection with the gruesome incident. Attorneys associated with the case helped turn the case from a simple incident of physical mishandling into a true wrongful death case. These lawyers and their expert staff analyzed the details of the case to determine that a sinister act may have occurred.
A sheriff's deputy crash in Kern County has resulted in an extended legal case. That case involved wrongful death claims that stemmed directly from the crash. On Friday, Feb. 28, Kern County reached a total of $8.8 million in settlements to resolve those claims.
Most Southern Californians remember the tragic incident that occurred on Dec. 1, 2012, when a football player for the Kansas City Chiefs allegedly killed his girlfriend, the mother of his infant daughter, and then went to the Chiefs' training facility and fatally shot himself. There was speculation at the time from the Chicago Sun-Times and numerous other media outlets that the player, Jovan Belcher, may have been suffering from brain injuries sustained during years of hard hits.
In a split opinion, a federal appeals court determined that a wrongful death suit filed by a girl whose father was killed by San Diego sheriff's deputies can proceed. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the case against San Diego County can be heard by a jury.
An Orange County couple's grief over the suicide of their teenage son has been compounded by the fact that local police were alerted to his intentions by a stranger hundreds of miles away, but failed to check on his well-being or notify them. They have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Huntington Beach Police Department.
A 13-year-old Orange County girl has won a $150 million wrongful death lawsuit against a trucking company and a driver for a collision that ultimately cost the girl her entire immediate family.
The parents of a teen who died from a shooting in a Poway, California, home in 2011 have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against another teen and his parents. The victim's parents believe their son was shot by the other teen.