Month: August 2015

Wrongful Death Suit Filed after Worker Died of ‘Toxic Fly Ash’ Inhalation

cropped-Fotolia_72101625_XS.jpgKnoxville attorney Jim Scott has filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of widow and brother of Mike Shelton who was killed after being “illegally induced to inhale vast amount of toxic fly ash.”

According to the lawsuit, filed on behalf of the deceased’s widow Angie Shelton and brother Ricky Dean Shelton, Mike developed lung cancer after working with the coal-ash spill cleanup crew at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant.

The lawsuit claims that Jacobs Engineering Group’s safety contractors were aware that the fly ash was toxic but they did not take necessary steps to ensure health and safety of the workers.

The plaintiffs are seeking $18 million in compensatory damages and 10% of last year’s revenue as punitive damages.

Family Sues Apartment Owner after Teenager Dies in Fire

Justice scale on blue backgroundThe family of 19-year-old Kristen Milano, who died due to smoke inhalation after another teenager threw a firecracker through her bedroom window, has filed a wrongful death suit.

Eric Morelli, who threw the firecracker, was awarded 7-year prison sentence last month for causing the death of Milano. He said he was hoping to awaken Milano’s brother.

The lawsuit names the apartment owner, the town of Southington and local fire departments as the defendants and claims that the owner showed negligence by not installing window screen despite their continual requests.

The lawsuit was filed at New Britain Superior Court, Connecticut.

NASCAR Star Tony Stewart Faces Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Justice on Wooden Piece Arranged by BusinessmanThe parents of 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr., who was hit and killed by NASCAR star Tony Stewart’s car during a race at New York’s Canandaigua Motorsports Park, have filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

According to the lawsuit, Ward had climbed from his car and was attempting to confront Stewart when the latter ‘deliberately’ veered his car. It claims that, “Stewart could have easily acted reasonably and with prudence to avoid striking Ward, just as all other drivers had done as they passed Ward during the yellow caution flag.”

The plaintiffs, Kevin and Pamela Ward, are claiming unspecified monetary damages. “Our son was truly the light of our lives and we miss him terribly every day… Our hope is that this lawsuit will hold Tony Stewart responsible for killing our son and show him there are real consequences when someone recklessly takes another person’s life,” they said in a statement.

Family Files Lawsuit After African-American Woman’s Apparent Suicide in Texas Prison

arbitration The family of 28-year-old African-American Sandra Bland, who apparently committed suicide in a Texas prison cell, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

Bland was arrested by a white trooper, Brian Encinia, for not giving lane-change indicator while driving in Prairie View, Texas, on July 10. She was found dead in her cell 3 days later. A trash bag was found around her neck, raising suspicion of racist treatment.

According to the lawsuit, Encinia “intentionally, willfully, wantonly, and unreasonably deprived Sandra Bland of her rights, privileges and immunities secured by the U.S. Constitution.” In addition to Encinia, the lawsuit also includes Waller County, sheriff’s department and 2 jailers as defendants.

Jury Awards $20.5 Million in Wrongful Death Suit Against Chaffey Joint Union High School District

autoFollowing the death of a 15-year old boy who was hit and killed by a car while crossing the 5-lane Duncan Canyon highway to reach school bus stop, a San Bernardino Superior Court jury has awarded $20,500,000 to his mother.

On December 6, 2010, Jin Ouk Burnham was crossing the highway in Fontana when a car struck him, causing serious injuries that resulted in his death 15 days later. His mother then filed a wrongful death suit against the vehicle driver as well as Chaffey Joint Union School District.

The lawsuit claimed that the school district violated state law by designing the bus stop in a way that forced students to cross a busy, 5-lane highway.

Sons of Woman Killed in Palm Coast Plane Crash Sue FAA

courtroomThe sons of Charisse Peoples, 42, who died in a small plane crash in Palm Coast, Florida, have filed a wrongful death suit against the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The plane crashed on January 4, 2013, into a house close to the Flagler airport, resulting in the death of pilot, Charisse Peoples and another passenger. According to the lawsuit, the FAA showed negligence when Air Traffic Controller (ATC) directed the pilot to Flagler County Airport, Florida.

ATC had said Flagler airport was 4 miles from the plane’s location. The lawsuit claims that Flagler airport was actually 8 miles away at the time, whereas the Ormond Beach Municipal Airport was comparatively near. Furthermore, ATC directed the pilot to take a number of turns before landing, despite knowing the plane had insufficient engine power.