Craig Rosenbaum | February 12, 2013 | Wrongful Death
When a loved one has passed away in a fatal accident, it may be understandably difficult to handle the funeral and medical bills. Dealing with a loved one’s death may be one of the most difficult times in a person’s life. Further, handling the financial issues may leave some frustrated and hurt. In these times, a wrongful death lawsuit may provide financial assistance for the family members of the deceased. Recently, a man filed a wrongful death lawsuit against three airlines.
A man whose wife passed away last year has filed a lawsuit for more than $5 million against three major airlines. The lawsuit claims that the airlines willfully and recklessly disregarded the well-being of the man’s wife. According to the suit, the couple flew to Hungary. After some time in Hungary, the man’s wife fell ill and contacted her doctor in the United States; the doctor told the man’s wife to return to the United States. The woman has been called “morbidly obese” and required a wheelchair. According to the suit, the couple attempted to board a KLM flight, but due to defective seats, the couple was not given new seats.
The next day, the couple was to leave for New York on a Delta Airlines flight, but was never able to board. The couple arranged for a flight to New York with Lufthansa. However, they were told that other passengers needed to catch a connecting flight so the couple was forced to leave the plane. The man’s wife passed away from kidney failure before they were able to return to New York.
When a loved one has been killed as a result of another’s negligence or intentional actions, family members may bring a wrongful death action against the person. The family members, the plaintiffs of the case, must show that the death of their loved one was the result of the defendant’s negligent or intentional harmful actions and the family members are financially suffering because of the death of their loved one. They may also have to prove that a personal representative for their loved one’s estate has been appointed.
It is always challenging when a loved one has passed away. Sometimes, a wrongful death suit may provide financial closure and justice in these times of grief.
Source: ABC News, “Airline Face $6 Million Lawsuit for Wrongful Death of ‘Morbidly Obese’ Woman,” Genevieve Shaw Brown, Feb. 1, 2013