In Georgia, news sources report that one civil court case is now closed following the Marshall Square retirement community fire of 2015 but that 14 additional lawsuits remain pending. The parties involved in the property damage lawsuit, which is one of 15 lawsuits that have been filed in connection with the deadly incident, reached a last-minute settlement on Dec. 1. Although few additional details have been released, the settlement was reportedly a "big win" for the plaintiff in this particular case.
Bobby Kristina Brown, the daughter of singers Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, died after she was found unresponsive in her Atlanta home last year. On Nov. 17, Brown's family members were awarded $36 million after filing a wrongful death lawsuit against Brown's former boyfriend, Nick Gordon. The monetary award was calculated after the Fulton County court found Gordon 'legally responsible" for Brown's death in September.
When a Georgia resident dies under questionable circumstances, it is not always immediately apparent that the death resulted from negligence. This is important because wrongful death cases have statutes of limitations that apply, and if a statute of limitations expires before a case is filed, the family members may not be able to recover damages.
Georgia residents may have heard about a Halloween hayride in Mississippi that turned deadly. The incident happened during the evening hours of Oct. 31 in a small town roughly 75 miles east of Jackson, Miss.
One aspect of wrongful death cases in Georgia courtrooms is valuing how much income the decedents might have earned over their lifetime if they had lived. Plaintiffs may request certain amounts, and insurance companies may offer much less based on the victim's gender or race. This is an unfortunate part of the legal system that should be addressed.
A Georgia jury in Fulton County will have a chance to decide the size of settlement owed the estate of Bobbi Kristina Brown by her boyfriend. Brown, the daughter of the late singer Whitney Houston, died in July 2015 after being found unconscious in a bathtub on Jan. 31, 2015. The administrator of the young woman's estate filed a lawsuit alleging that Brown's boyfriend bore responsibility for the death. Because of his repeated failures to respond to the lawsuit by court deadlines, a judge from Fulton County Superior Court declared the plaintiff the winner by default.
In Georgia, a loved one may be able to seek monetary compensation from a party that causes the death of a family member. The amount of compensation that may be available is based on a number of factors related to the cause of death, the relationship between the loved one and the decedent and the actual losses that the death caused.
On Aug. 31, it was reported that the parents of a Georgia teenager filed a wrongful death claim against a Hooters restaurant after he was struck by a vehicle while leaving the establishment. The teenager was struck and killed in May 2016 when he was attempting to cross the street in order to return to the hotel.
Some Georgians may have heard about the Arizona gun instructor who was killed when a 9-year-old girl accidentally shot him with an Uzi. According to sources, the instructor's family has now filed a wrongful death civil lawsuit against the gun range where the accident happened.
Georgia residents may have heard about a wrongful death lawsuit that was filed by family members of one of the seven people killed in a plane crash in May 2014. The plane, a Gulfstream IV, crashed and caught on fire shortly after takeoff at Hanscom Field, an aviation airport in Bedford, Massachusetts.