Articles Tagged with “wrongful death”

The family of a 55-year-old worker who accidentally plummeted to his death at the University of Portland’s Chiles Center has filed a $13.3 million lawsuit against the university.

The lawsuit states that on Sept. 22, 2014, Thomas Charles “TC” Smith Jr. was using a Genie Personal Lift machine – provided by the university – to reach lights and speakers high above a stage. The lift tipped over, causing him to fall to the gym floor and hit his head, according to the suit filed last week in Multnomah County Circuit Court.

Smith died in hospice more than three months later, according to The Oregonian.

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After a woman died in a hang gliding accident, a launch site operator “swallowed the memory card from his video camera affixed to the hang glider, for the purpose of destroying evidence,” the woman’s parents claimed in court.

Miguel Godinez and Helinda Ramirez claimed in British Columbia Supreme Court that their daughter, Lenami Godinez Avila, plunged 300 meters to her death after taking off for a tandem hang glider flight with defendant William Orders.

They also sued Hurlstone Ventures Inc., Shaun Wallace, Vancouver Hang Gliding, the Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association of Canada, the British Columbia Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association and the West Coast Soaring Club.

The parents of a 10 year-old girl who was kidnapped and murdered last month have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against her accused killer, according to Courthouse News.

Hailey Owens of Springfield, MO was kidnapped as she was walking home on Feb. 18. Her body was found the next day at Craig Michael Wood’s residence. The cause of death was a single gunshot wound to the head, according to the lawsuit. Wood, a substitute teacher and football coach, was arrested and charged with Hailey’s murder.

Hailey’s parents, Stacey Barfield and Marcus Owens, sued Wood in Greene County Circuit Court. They are seeking punitive damages for wrongful death.

The family of a North Carolina teenager shot and killed by a stray bullet is suing the gunmaker, reports the Insurance Journal. A lawsuit filed Monday in Charlotte says the Remington Model 700 rifle misfired and the company was negligent in manufacturing it.

Almost two years ago, 16-year-old Jasmine Thar was killed and her godmother and a friend wounded by the same bullet as they were in the front yard. Investigations by the FBI and the state law enforcement agents determined the bullet came from a neighbor’s rifle that accidentally discharged while he was cleaning it.

Remington did not return messages seeking comment about the lawsuit. The Rockingham County-based company says on its website its Model 700 rifle is safe and malfunctions often involve alterations or improper upkeep. It has also been pointed out by gun experts that one should always empty any gun of bullets before cleaning or handling it.