Minnesota couple on board capsized cruise ship identified

The only U.S. casualties of the Costa Concordia ship wreck that killed 32 of the 4,200 passengers and crew members after it hit rocks along the Tuscan coast have been identified as a White Bear Lake couple.

The elderly couple were presumed dead weeks after the ship capsized, and friends and family held a memorial service in February. It has not been revealed when the family will receive its loved ones’ remains.

Three other people were also identified last week, a German couple and an Italian crew member. Two people are still missing, an Indian crew man and an Italian woman, and are presumed dead.



Medical mistake leads to wrongful death suit

A family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the heart surgeon, his medical staff, and the hospital after a medical sponge was left in their loved one’s chest following surgery, which they believe led to his death.

The 89 year-old man went to the hospital for heart valve replacement and bypass surgery two years ago. After his operation, the family claims the medical staff failed to count the sponges. It took three days before it was discovered one was left inside of him.

Another doctor attempted to retrieve the sponge, but the man died from uncontrolled bleeding while in surgery. Both the doctor and the medical staff claim the man died from preexisting heart problems, not from their medical mistake.



Toys ‘R Us reaches settlement in wrongful death lawsuit

Toys ‘R Us will pay $20.6 million to the family of a 29 year-old woman and mother of a young child after she died when an inflatable slide broke as she was about to reach the pool.

Family members present at the time of the accident say she was on the slide when the bottom gave out, causing her to fall just short of the water. The woman fatally hit her neck on the edge of the pool, leaving her a quadriplegic. Just days later she was taken off of life support due to her extensive injuries.

The relatives’ lawyers argue that the slide, bought on the Toys ‘R Us website, was made in China and did not follow federal standards and regulations.



Excessive narcotic prescriptions lead to $1.5M settlement

Two doctors facing a wrongful death lawsuit have agreed to a settlement of $1.5 million after the family of the deceased accused them of over-prescribing narcotics, which ultimately resulted in death.

According to court documents, one doctor prescribed the deceased 160 Oxycontin, 120 Xanax, and 320 Percocet for over two years while another doctor prescribed 120 Oxycontin, 60 Xanax, and 120 Percocet for a year. Months leading up to his death, he suffered multiple organ failure that went unnoticed by the physicians.

Autopsy reports show the man died of an adverse reaction and dosage of the narcotics. While in the doctors’ care, he warned them of his asthmatic condition, but neither doctor ordered tests before writing him prescriptions. Neither offered alternatives other than narcotics.



Family receives $1.75m in wrongful death case

The parents of a 21 year-old man who was shot and killed outside a nightclub in 2005 have been awarded $1.75 million in their wrongful death lawsuit.

In the early morning of March 2005, a San Francisco hip-hop festival was ending and a crowd of 200-600 people were crowded the streets outside the club. A fight broke out between two groups of people, neither of which the victim knew, when a now 28 year-old man pulled out a gun and began shooting. He killed the 21 year-old as well as wounded several others. The man has been charged with second-degree murder, two counts of assault with a firearm, and three counts of attempted murder. He was sentenced to 74 years to life behind bars.

$1 million of the verdict will be paid by the night club, $249,999 by the landlord, and $500,000 from the security firm.



Wrongful death lawsuit filed against hospital

The family of a deceased 21 year-old man has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against an East Texas hospital. The man went to the emergency room for sharp chest pain, headache, and hyperventilation. Two hours after he was admitted, doctors released him with prescriptions for heart burn, anti-anxiety, and narcotics for pain relief.

Less than twelve hours later, his family drove him to the emergency room again after they discovered he had no pulse or blood pressure. Despite efforts to resuscitate the young man, he died at the hospital of an ascending aorta rupture. The family says the hospital violated the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act because medical staff failed to stabilize the man before he was discharged.

His family is suing for damages for pain and suffering, mental anguish, funeral and burial expenses, medical expenses, loss of inheritance, court costs, and several more.



Family awarded $6.5 million in wrongful death lawsuit

The family  of a 25 year-old Pennsylvania man who died on a water trampoline in a Jamaican resort has been awarded $6.5 million in a wrongful death lawsuit. The man had just graduated from college when he and his family went to Jamaica for a wedding. There, he jumped on a water trampoline that was placed in too shallow of water, fell off, and hit his head on the sea floor. He died eight months later, a permanent quadriplegic, while on life support.

The resort strongly denied any liability or misdeeds on their part for the man’s death.

The lawsuit against the resort has awarded nearly $5.5 million as wrongful death and $1 million for survival action.



Man dies in New York construction accident

A 46-year-old construction worker from Vermont died during a construction accident in New York on Wednesday.

According to reports, the man was working for Trenchless Technologies of New England and operating an auger on the company’s construction site when he was suddenly thrown to the ground and pinned underneath the auger. One of the man’s co-workers was able to lift the auger off of him using a backhoe. The man was then taken to a local hospital, where he died.

The accident is still being investigated by state police and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration.

Our thoughts and sympathies are with the friends and family of the man who died in this accident.



Wrongful death lawsuit filed against 15 companies for death of man

A lawsuit was recently filed against fifteen companies on behalf of a Texas man who became ill and died after being exposed to asbestos by the companies. The companies involved in the lawsuit include Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing, ExxonMobil, and American Optical, among others.

The man worked as a truck driver, welder, and laborer for several years prior to his death. During his time spent working with each of the fifteen companies, the lawsuit alleges, the man was exposed to asbestos and developed an illness. Although the lawsuit does not state how the man died, it does cite the asbestos exposure as a cause of his death.

The wife of the man is suing the companies for exemplary and wrongful death damages.

If someone you love has died after being exposed to toxic substances at work, please contact the Minnesota wrongful death lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates at 612-334-3444.