On Feb. 2, a California family filed a wrongful death lawsuit claiming that a long-term gas leak from a nearby plant caused an elderly family member's medical problems to become more severe, ultimately leading to her death. Thousands of residents who were living near the Aliso Canyon plant in Porter Ranch have been relocated temporarily due to symptoms suffered as a result of the gas leak.
Many Californians have vehicles with keyless ignition systems. This feature comes on many newer vehicles and is one that most people like. The issue with these systems is they do not have an automatic shut-off safety feature after drivers park their vehicles and exit with the fob without turning off the ignition. This lack of an automatic shut-off feature has led to multiple deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning.
If a family files a wrongful death claim related to an incident involving a decedent who was covered by Medicare, there could be situations in which damages that are awarded might be subject to liens placed by Medicare. Because this is not always the case, California individuals may need clarification before filing a claim. The type of claim filed and state standards serve as guidelines related to proceeds being attached by Medicare.
Two separate lawsuits have been filed against Caitlyn Jenner, the former Olympian Bruce Jenner. The legal actions concern a deadly accident on the Pacific Coast Highway in California near Malibu. The stepdaughters of the deceased female victim of the accident have prepared a wrongful death lawsuit and cited Jenner as the defendant. Another woman, who survived the wreck, has also named Jenner in a personal injury lawsuit.
It has been reported that the daughter of Paul Walker, the late actor who starred in the "Fast and Furious" movie series, is suing Porsche. In the wrongful death suit, the actor's daughter and her lawyers allege that the manufacturer is to blame for the star's fatal single-car accident because the car he was a passenger in, a 2005 Carrera GT, lacked essential safety features. The crash killed the 40-year-old actor and his 38-year-old driver in Southern California on November 30.
California residents may be interested to learn that the estate of Bobbi Kristina Brown has filed a lawsuit against the boyfriend she had when she was alive, Nick Gordon, alleging that he caused the injuries that led to her death. Brown was the only daughter of the late Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown.
California residents may be interested to learn about a wrongful death lawsuit that was filed against two health care providers in Louisiana. The family of an 88-year-old man who died shortly after taking a fall sued the doctor and nurse practitioner that were responsible for the elderly man's care. The wife and daughter of the deceased man are seeking financial compensation for various damages including medical expenses, pain and suffering and mental anguish.
California residents may have heard that a Michigan man who was accused of killing a woman who was on his porch agreed to a settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit on June 12. Some people had wondered if the incident resulted from a race issue, as the accused man was white and the deceased woman was black.
An accident that took place in San Marcos, California, on Jan. 17 has resulted in the death of a 48-year-old tow-truck driver. The man, along with one other tow-truck driver, was helping another driver with a flat tire when the crash occurred after 7 a.m.
The husband of the 53-year-old bus driver, who, along with five students and three adult chaperones, was killed in a collision between a bus carrying high school students and a FedEx semi-truck, filed a lawsuit against the company on Oct. 29. His wrongful death claim is the 16th lawsuit filed against the company for the Interstate 5 crash that occurred near Orland on Apr. 10.