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Wrongful Death Archives

Hospitals avoid autopsies to evade malpractice liability (one)

If a member of your family suddenly and inexplicably passed away at a hospital or medical facility, you would certainly want to know the reason for his or her death. However, in most hospitals today, that most likely won't be an option. This is because many health care facilities have phased out autopsies almost completely, largely due to cost and apprehension about medical malpractice or wrongful death lawsuits being filed against them.

Family of murdered student sues Yale for wrongful death

The family of Yale University student Annie Le, who was murdered by a fellow student and researcher at a college animal research lab, has filed a lawsuit against Yale. The wrongful death suit asserts that the university does not provide adequate protection for female students and employees, and that it is too tolerant of overly aggressive male conduct.

Pharmaceutical company and NJ hospital sued for wrongful death

The relatives of a man who died in a New Jersey hospital after allegedly being poisoned by his wife have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the hospital and the pharmaceutical company that employed his wife. The defendants are accused of allowing the man's wife continued access to both the fatal drug and the man, and in doing so, of negligently causing his death.

Family of man killed in horrific crash may file wrongful death suit

On 10:49 p.m. on July 12, a three-car collision occurred at Kennedy Boulevard and St. Pauls Avenue. A pedestrian was struck so hard by one of the cars that his body damaged a cast-iron drainpipe on the nearby building he was slammed into. His lifeless body then fell and was impaled on a spiked wrought-iron fence.

Parents of girl killed on Ferris wheel consider wrongful death suit

The parents of an 11-year-old girl who died after falling from a New Jersey Ferris wheel have retained the services of an attorney and are contemplating a wrongful death lawsuit, according to statements made at a news conference earlier this week.

Parents file wrongful death suit against Four Loko manufacturer

Although it hasn't been in the news much lately, the caffeine-laced alcoholic energy drink Four Loko continues to cause pain and suffering for families in New Jersey and throughout the United States. The parents of a 15-year-old boy who was killed in a Four Loko-related car accident recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the manufacturer of the beverage, claiming that it was responsible for the death of their young son.

Jury: airplane maker not responsible for fatal Yankees crash

Earlier this month, we wrote about a lawsuit that had been filed against airplane manufacturer Cirrus by the widow of former New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle. According to the wrongful death lawsuit, Melanie Lidle alleged that design flaws in the Cirrus SR-20 were responsible for the tragic airplane crash that took her husband's life. This week, a jury disagreed with that allegation, ruling that Cirrus was not liable for the airplane crash or Lidle's death.

New Jersey mother files wrongful death lawsuit against Yaz maker

When pharmaceutical manufacturer Bayer came out with Yaz, the drug was heavily marketed as a revolution in birth control, providing the same medicinal benefits with significantly less side effects. However, what the company failed to mention was one new danger of the drug: an increased risk of serious injury and death due to stroke, heart attack, and pulmonary embolism.

Widow files wrongful death suit after deadly plane crash

On October 11, 2006, New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle departed the Teterboro Airport in New Jersey with his flight instructor, hoping to see the sights of New York from a different perspective. But the flight ended in tragedy after the plane spun out of control and crashed into a high-rise condominium building in New York's Upper East Side. Both 34-year-old Lidle and his 26-year-old flight instructor were killed on impact.

Fatal bus crashes may lead to increased safety standards, part one

Last month, we wrote about a series of deadly bus crashes that took the lives of almost 20 people in New Jersey and New York. Now, the father of a 20-year-old college student who was killed in the second accident on the New Jersey Turnpike has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Super Luxury Tours, which operated the bus involved in the fatal crash.