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.
The first wrongful death case related to Toyota's acceleration issue that garnered much negative publicity for the auto maker several years ago is coming to an end in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Attorneys are making their closing arguments in the two-month-long trial.
The recent $765 million lawsuit settlement between the NFL and former pro football players involving concussions certainly did not put an end to litigation over football injuries and deaths in California and nationwide. Recently, the family of a Maryland college football player filed a $1 million wrongful death suit. The player collapsed following days of tough practices and subsequently died.
The parents of a Los Angeles area teen were awarded $3 million by a U.S. District Court judge in their wrongful death lawsuit involving the shooting of their son. However, the federal judge also determined that the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) officers who killed the teen did not act negligently.
In a historic case, a San Francisco man has pleaded guilty to felony vehicular manslaughter for killing a pedestrian whom he hit with his bicycle. The bicyclist struck a 71-year-old man who was crossing the street in the city's Castro District. The pedestrian died from his injuries several days later. According to San Francisco District Attorney George Gasc?n, this is the first time a bicyclist has been convicted of felony vehicular manslaughter in the United States, but he contends that the charge was warranted due to the facts of the case, and to serve as a warning to other bicyclists.