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Easterling’s death to change NFL lawsuit

The death of former Atlanta Falcons safety Ray Easterling will change one of the 61 personal injury lawsuits against the NFL to wrongful death, his lawyer announced earlier this week.

Easterling and six other former NFL players were the first to file a concussion lawsuit against the league. Now more than five dozen lawsuits representing 1,260 players have been filed. Former players are saying the league is guilty of recklessness, carelessness, intentional misconduct, and concealment of information regarding the long-term damage of concussions.

Easterling, 62, was found dead last Thursday in his Virginia home from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Friends say his memory had begun to greatly deteriorate in the six months leading up to his death.


Families sue over sewage plant workers’ deaths

Two families of deceased Gatlinburg sewage plant workers who were killed after a wall collapsed have filed wrongful death lawsuits against the city of Gatlinburg, the engineers who built the wall, and the structural engineering firm.

According to the lawsuit, the families claim that Gatlinburg officials were warned more than a decade ago that an equalization basin wall posed a serious risk to persons and property. That wall collapsed in April 2011 and killed two workers.

An investigation into the collapse resulted in no reported safety violations, but rather a deficiency in the wall’s construction. Both families are seeking $17 million in damages.


Family sues police for wrongful death

A Nashville family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a local police officer and the Tennessee Highway Patrol after video from the officer’s cruiser camera showed him driving past a fiery car accident that killed their son.

Last November, a 20 year-old man sent police on a high speed chase. The man lost control of his vehicle and slammed into a tree, causing his car to burst into flames. Video from the officer’s camera shows him passing the wreck, slowing down, and continuing to drive.

The officer later radioed in that he had lost sight of the speeding car. He did not return to the scene until a neighbor called in the accident. He will not face criminal charges but may be released from the force.


Four cruise ship victims identified

Four more people were identified today after their bodies were found inside the Costa Concordia, a luxury cruise liner that capsized off the Tuscan coast last Friday.

A total of 11 people have died and 21 are still missing, including two Americans. The ship was carrying more than 4,200 passengers and crew members when the captain recklessly maneuvered the ship too close to shore and hit the rocky ocean floor.

Rescue efforts continue to search for the missing, but rough seas, poor weather conditions, and shifting of the boat has delayed divers. Government officials are concerned about the boat sinking and leaking 2,300 tonnes of fuel into the ocean.

The captain is facing charges of manslaughter, causing a ship wreck, and abandoning his ship.


Family files wrongful death lawsuit

The family of a deceased 89 year-old man has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against their loved one’s former heart surgeon, the hospital’s medical staff, and the hospital.

They claim the medical staff failed to count the number of sponges after the man underwent heart bypass and heart valve replacement surgery two years ago, resulting in a sponge being left in his chest. He was in the hospital for three days before it was discovered.

The elderly man later died from uncontrolled bleeding during the second surgery to retrieve the sponge. His doctor and the hospital’s medical staff claim their actions did not result in his death, but rather his preexisting heart conditions.


Inmate’s family cries foul

The family of a Los Angeles County inmate who died while in custody believes the jail was negligent in caring for the man’s injuries. Just days before he died, the inmate called his mother saying he was injured and not receiving medical attention.

The sheriff claims the man was hit in the head after trying to escape. The inmate was only 18 years-old and serving time after being accused of robbery. His family has since filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the jail and the sheriff who hit him.

This is just one of nearly 78 claims of abuse the Los Angeles jail system has received recently. The American Civil Liberties Union has called for the sheriff’s resignation after a witness’ report was released stating deputies used unnecessary force on inmates.


Family files $5mil wrongful death lawsuit

The family of a 22 year-old man who died after being pushed into a lake has filed a $5 million wrongful death lawsuit against his friend, the young man who pushed him into the Inner Harbor. They were on a trip to Baltimore when they stopped to stretch their legs. The deceased’s friend playfully pushed him in the lake, but he did not know how to swim and later drowned.

The friend has since plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter. His initial conviction of first-degree murder was lowered to second-degree murder in July. However, the deceased’s parents believes that the man that caused their son’s death should face additional penalties. They have been pushing for him to get a 10 year prison sentence.


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