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Wrongful Death Archives

Soon-to-be married Bakersfield couple struck, killed by semi

A 33-year-old husband-to-be and his soon-to-be 31-year-old bride were killed just a few weeks ahead of their wedding. On the afternoon of Friday, July 7, 2017, the Bakersfield couple was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer while en route to their bachelor and bachelorette parties in Las Vegas. They were slated to have married one another on July 27, 2017 in Key West, Florida.

A Redlands nursing assistant faces vehicular manslaughter charge

A 30-year-old Redlands nursing assistant has been charged with driving under the influence for his role in causing a fatal crash on Sunday, June 4, 2017. The accident, which occurred along the Fontana's 10 Freeway, claimed the life of 38-year-old Hemet woman.

Santa Ana doctor removed kidney, not spleen, and keeps license

California's Medical Board has ruled that a Santa Ana urologist will no longer be allowed to neither see patients nor perform operations on them without being under the immediate supervision by another physician. He is also forbidden from performing any nephrectomies, the medical term assigned to a surgical procedure to remove either one of both of an individual's kidneys, as well.

California's hospitals face steep declines in standard of care

A study released by the employer-backed health care watchdog, The Leapfrog Group, suggests that the quality of health care offered in California has significantly declined. The most recent statistics put out by the nonprofit organization in April of 2017 show that nearly one half of all California hospitals performed at either a C level or below in terms of patient safety during this past year.

Woman charged with DUI in death of 3-year-old family friend

A 34-year-old Redlands woman was arraigned Tuesday, May 2, 2017, in San Bernardino Superior Court on charges of driving under the influence (DUI), vehicular manslaughter and murder, all stemming from an accident that claimed the life of a 3-year-old boy on Thursday, April 27, 2017. A factor that makes this story even worse is that the defendant in this case is a family friend.

Wrongful death lawsuits stemming from vehicle defects

While many wrongful death lawsuits are filed each year in response to a family member having been struck by another driver, those alleged to have occurred as the result of a design or manufacturing defect are quite common as well. In fact, most annual car recalls filed each year and done so in response to accidents.

What are the elements of a wrongful death case?

When a loved one is killed in an accident, the surviving spouse or family members have a right to file a wrongful death claim against the party responsible. Most of the time, these lawsuits come after a criminal trial. For example, if someone is murdered, the family may pursue a wrongful death claim against the person they believed caused their loved one's death. However, these also occur after traffic accidents or medical errors that result in deaths, too.

That baby product could be lethal, but you're not alone

When you give your child a product like a teething ring or teething drops, you want that product to be safe for him. Sometimes, products pose a danger that you don't expect. For example, in 2016, there was news about teething tablets that could be loosely linked to the deaths of 10 children. Another report from the American Academy of Pediatrics informed parents that no soft bedding, including the very popular bumper systems, should be used in cribs.

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