Massachusetts residents may be aware of the recent fatal drunk driving accident that involved a former NASA astronaut. The 59-year-old former pilot and shuttle commander was charged with reckless murder after he killed two children in a car accident in Alabama on June 6. The victims’ custodial parent has also filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the man in federal court.
Category: Wrongful Death
Residents of Massachusetts may remember the death of comedienne Joan Rivers in 2014. Rivers died during a surgical procedure, and a lawsuit filed by her daughter, Melissa Rivers, against doctors who performed the surgery has been settled. The settlement amount has not been made public.
A Boston police officer confirmed that a 29-year-old woman died when a amphibious sightseeing vehicle, known as a duck boat, collided with her scooter on April 30. A male passenger on the scooter survived after being taken to Massachusetts General Hospital for treatment of his injuries. The accident occurred downtown close to Boston Common. None of the 30 passengers on the tour boat reported injuries.
Massachusetts residents might find it interesting that a lung cancer patient’s family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the California gas company responsible for a Los Angeles-area methane leak, claiming the incident hastened her death. The 79-year-old woman died on Jan. 25, approximately three months after the pipeline rupture was discovered.
Massachusetts residents may be interested to know that on Jan. 28, it was announced that a wrongful death suit against Caitlyn Jenner had been dropped. In February 2015, a vehicle that Jenner was driving hit another vehicle on the Pacific Coast Highway. That vehicle was pushed into traffic and struck by a Hummer, which led to the death of the woman driving the vehicle that Jenner hit.
College athletic programs in Massachusetts might want to review their training programs after a recent California case involving the death of a student athlete. Along with a hefty monetary settlement, the University of California, Berkeley, agreed to ban coaches from using extreme workouts as punishments and to increase their coaches’ awareness of medical conditions among their athletes.
When a key is taken out of a car’s ignition, the car stops running. However, this is not always the case for cars with a keyless ignition. This had led to a number of injuries and deaths related to carbon monoxide poisoning. In December 2011, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration declared that keyless ignitions were a safety problem and suggested that alarms could be added to the cars at a minimal cost.
Those filing Massachusetts wrongful death lawsuits in pursuit of damages may need to consider the type of suit they file and how it relates to Medicare. In cases where a deceased person received Medicare-covered medical treatment after sustaining the injuries that eventually claimed their lives, the Medicare payments may have been classified as conditional. If the at-fault party’s insurer subsequently pays for these expenses, Medicare can demand its share of the payment.
As Massachusetts residents may know, actor Paul Walker died in a Porsche accident in 2013. After his friend, who was driving the vehicle, lost control, the car hit several trees and caught fire. A lawsuit filed by Walker’s father, his estate executor, states that there were safety features lacking in the Porsche that might have prevented his son’s death.