Speeding Away from Liability

Leaving the scene

Following the shocking death of Nicki Minaj’s father, Robert Maraj, the man allegedly responsible for his demise has been charged and civilly sued for wrongful death. Although the famous singer has reportedly refrained from issuing a public statement in regards to the circumstances of her father’s death, Nicki Minaj’s mother, Carol Maraj, expresses relief in knowing that the man accused of killing her husband has been identified. On February 12 of this year, Robert Maraj was struck by a vehicle while walking in Mineola on Long Island and died in the hospital the following day. Read more

Traveling a Slippery Slope

Dangerous terrain

A school committed to providing an education on avalanche safety is now the topic of a recent lawsuit. The family of Peter Marshall is suing Silverton Avalanche School, among other defendants, for wrongful death.  According to the lawsuit, on January 5, 2019, there was a misjudgment of how steep the slope was, as well as the potential to cause an avalanche.  Two avalanches were triggered, which led to Marshall getting trapped under several feet of snow. The guide, Zachary Lovell, and the remaining students searched for Marshall but were unable to find him until 50 minutes after the second avalanche. Read more

Wrongful Death of TV Star

Beautiful but deadly lake

The cast of Glee has seen its fair share of tragedy.  Since 2013, three actors on the show have passed away.  The most recent death occurred this past summer on July 8.  Naya Rivera and her four-year-old son rented a pontoon boat from Parks and Recreation Management (PMC) to spend the day on Lake Piru. Fans were shocked to hear that the actress did not return to shore, leaving her son as the lone survivor. After an extensive and thorough days-long search, Rivera’s body was recovered.  Four months since that accident, Rivera’s estate and her ex-husband have filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of her son. Read more

Patients May be Pumped for a Lawsuit

Insulin issue

Individuals with Type 1 diabetes, beware.  A recall was just announced by the Food and Drug Administration concerning the Medtronic MiniMed 600 series insulin pumps.  Owners of this type of pump are at risk of receiving either more or less than the required insulin dosage.  The reason? The pumps are being used with missing or broken retainer rings, which are necessary units that lock the cartridges into place in the reservoir compartment.  If not locked into place, an incorrect level of insulin will be delivered.  Type 1 diabetes patients rely on their insulin pumps to survive.  If the pumps are not of sound construction, their lives may be in danger.       Read more

Furnishing a Resolution in Toddler Death Case

Furniture settlement

Ikea has made headlines recently as the defendant in the largest single plaintiff wrongful death settlement in US history.  The resolution follows a claim filed in June 2018, alleging inadequate steps taken by Ikea to ensure its furniture is safe and secure for all consumers.  The lawsuit also blames Ikea for not acting hastily when learning of the extreme dangers associated with their signature Malm dresser. Read more