Wrongful Death | Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie Blog
The loss of a family member can bring up a lot of bitter emotions. While you may hope that your family members come together in this difficult time, some may bring up past slights in their grief or argue over inheritance. These issues can largely remain outside of the courtroom, but wrongful death claims can exasperate them.
The loss of a child is the worst thing a parent could suffer and even more tragic when someone else’s negligence caused the death. If the deceased was unmarried and had no children of their own, then, in California, their parents can pursue compensation in the form of a wrongful death claim. However, this matter can become more complicated if the parents are divorced. In this situation, which one of them is allowed to file a wrongful death claim?
Every year, more than 3,000 people drown in the U.S. Most drowning deaths are preventable. The OCFA and the Orange County wrongful death attorneys at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis and Leslie offer these drowning prevention tips.
These tips should be used in built-in pools, spas, inflatable pools and at the beach or lake.
U.S. professional swimmer Fran Crippen died during a 10-kilometer marathon on Saturday, October 23 in the United Arab Emirates. During the event, several of the athletes complained about the water temperature which was in the 80’s. Although the cause of the athlete’s death is still under investigation, several sporting organizations have suggested severe fatigue and heart attack caused by the overheated water.
For many Southern Californians, summer is the time to head to the pool or the beach. However, it is important for parents to keep in mind that drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional, inury-related death for children under the age of nineteen.
Five days before Christmas 2009, three families were enjoying the San Diego boat parade in a 24 foot Sea Ray when suddenly they were struck by a 33-foot Coast Guard vessel rushing to the scene of a boater in distress. An 8 year old boy, Anthony Cole De Weese died from blunt- force injuries. The other 7 people in the boat all were injured but were expected to recover.
In a not so surprising turn of events, Anthem Blue Cross has managed to show the face of greed in the course of one month. First it attempted to justify a 17% premium increase for individual policy holders. Note the subtle difference, then did not seek an increase for all policyholders such as corporations and company benefit health plans. The individual policyholder received this increase because Anthem decided their profitability was just not enough last year. (Check the profitability for yourself!)
I continue to write about medical malpractice limitations on damages because of such tragedy that has unfolded as in the example I write about today. A young woman had fallen unexplainably, and had a small cut on her forehead. Because she had fallen without explanation, she went to the emergency room. At the emergency room, she was asked to give a urine sample. Then on her way to the bathroom she fell again. This time, nurses thought she was having a seizure and and did nothing as she laid on the floor for more than a minute. Finally, when a nurse realized that she actually was not breathing, CPR was started and she was moved into an emergency room unit to address her condition.
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