Connecticut residents may remember that actor Bill Paxton died during surgery in February 2017. His estate claims that his surgeon and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center were negligent in diagnosing, managing and treating him. However, the hospital and the doctor said that Paxton knew that the surgery could be risky. They also claimed that the actor had an existing condition that made the procedure an even bigger risk.
Connecticut motorists may be interested to learn that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has recently published new data about the number of fatal truck accidents. After analyzing nationwide wrecks, the agency reported a 3 percent increase in deadly truck accidents in 2016. The top causes of fatal crashes for both commercial trucks and passenger vehicles were speeding and distracted driving.
Connecticut residents may have heard about a duck boat accident that took place on July 19 in Branson, Missouri. As a result of the accident, a family member of nine people who died in the incident filed a lawsuit against the boat operator. The lawsuit claims that the company that ran the boats knew that they weren't safe. It also claims that the boats were taken out even though a severe thunderstorm warning had been issued.
In Connecticut and other states, people only have a certain amount of time to take legal action related to wrongful death. When this time period runs out, the party loses the right to file a lawsuit. This legal rule is known as the statute of limitations.
Many people in Connecticut are worried about the public health effects of the widespread use of both legal and illegal opioids. From growing addictions to the danger of fatal overdoses, the effects of opiates have been labeled a national epidemic. One study indicates that prescription opioids could also have an effect on highway safety.
Connecticut residents who watch the Weather Channel may know about the show "Storm Wranglers." On March 28, 2017, the two stars of that show died as they were chasing a tornado near the city of Spur, Texas. It appears that they were speeding down the highway and ran a stop sign, colliding with a jeep driven by a 25-year-old storm spotter for the National Weather Service. All three died on impact.
Kobe Bryant's Widow has Filed a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Many basketball fans in Connecticut fans were saddened when they learned that former Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant was killed along with his daughter and seven other people in a helicopter crash. Bryant's widow filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Los Angeles against the company that operated the helicopter. She is seeking an unspecified amount of compensatory and punitive damages.