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Wrongful death claim filed against Young Jeezy

The fact that one individual causes another to lose his or her life is not always considered a criminal act. Sometimes, the death is the result of an accident. Other times, it is the result of a negligent or reckless act that ended in the wrongful death of a California resident.

In 2014, Eric Johnson, a concert promoter, was shot while backstage during a Young Jeezy and Wiz Khalifa concert. A witness to this event claims that the individual who shot Johnson had a similar appearance to Jeezy; this same witness later identified Jeezy from a photo lineup. A second witness to the event also described the shooter to a police sketch artist. Apparently, the artist's rendering appeared to look similar to Jeezy. In spite of these two witnesses, Jeezy was not charged in this incident.

Welfare check ends in wrongful death claim

There are generally two sides to every story. The simple question though is which side contains the actual facts. One such case involves a wrongful death lawsuit that has recently been filed. Often, the facts regarding exactly what happened must be determined within the California court system.

Typically, when someone rings the doorbell or knocks on the door, the occupant will answer. However, there are times when the occupant does not answer the door. This can occur when the occupant is not home, does not wish to have company or simply does not hear someone at the door.

Negligence can result in wrongful death

The day starts out like almost any other ordinary day in California. One enjoys a cup of coffee, gets ready for the day and begins with the day's activities. Yet, this is not an ordinary day. This is the day when one unsuspecting family gains first-hand knowledge about wrongful death and the grief it can cause.

Wrongful death is more than just an accidental death. It is death caused by another individual's negligence. As the result of this death, the family suffers financially. In addition, there may be pain and suffering, medical, funeral and other expenses associated with the loss. Therefore, the personal representative for the individual's estate files suit.

Wrongful death suit settled for $600,000

Generally, when a California resident is not feeling well or notices an abnormality on the body, he or she will seek medical attention. Sometimes the individual will visit a doctor's office; other times the individual will deem the situation more serious and will visit an emergency room. Regardless of where the individual chooses to seek treatment, he or she is depending upon the medical staff to provide the appropriate treatment. When this does not happen and the individual dies as a result of the lack of treatment, there is a possibility that there may be a case for wrongful death.

In 2012, a 43-year-old California mother visited her local emergency room. She had a large bruise on her check, she was experiencing nausea, and she was having difficulty breathing. According to her family, the hospital discharged her and sent her home. However, as the evening progressed, so did her condition.

Female cyclist killed by drunk driver in California hit and run

The female cyclist struck in a hit-and-run bicycle crash in California has died. She was hit by an SUV while riding along the side of the road on the night of Jan. 16. The allegedly drunk driver who struck her now faces three felonies for his blood alcohol level and for leaving the scene of the accident where he had injured the woman.

The 32-year-old woman was cycling westbound along the Golden State Highway's north curb line that Monday at around 9:30 p.m. when she was struck by an SUV. The suspect reportedly fled the scene, leaving the injured woman where she lay. Witnesses assisted police in tracking the suspect to where he was later located at a nearby gas station.

Settlement for $1 million reached in wrongful death claim

Protecting the border is a difficult job. Almost daily, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol personnel come into contact with individuals attempting to illegally enter the United States. Regardless of the situation, these officers are required to use restraint and proper judgment in their apprehension and detainment of these individuals. Recently, a $1 million lawsuit was settled in a wrongful death claim after an individual attempting to enter the United States along the California border was detained and later died.

Reports indicate that the alleged victim was attempting to enter the United States and was detained by Border Patrol officers. Once his handcuffs were removed, the man began to fight with these officers. A stun gun was used in an attempt to subdue him; however, the victim became unresponsive and was transported to a local hospital. Autopsy results indicate that the man had a heart attack during the struggle with the officers.

Wrongful death claim settled for $1.5 million

We often take just a quick walk down the street, or perhaps a short visit to the neighborhood market. While these actions may appear to be harmless, for some individuals, they will be the last thing that they do. Every day, throughout California and across the nation, individuals lose their lives while performing mundane daily tasks. This loss of life can be the result of a medical condition, an accident or even a wrongful death incident.

Over the past few years, there have been more and more news reports of violence involving police officers. At times, this violence is directed toward the officers. At other times, it is directed toward a member of the general public.

Police in California investigate fatal bike crash

People in California choose to use a bicycle as a form of transportation for a variety of different reasons. In addition to personal health benefits, using bicycles can save money and protect the environment. Unfortunately, bicyclists often face harm from the negligent behavior of others on the roadway. For example, police are currently investigating a bike crash that resulted in a fatality.

Police say that the 31-year-old victim was riding his bicycle on a California road just before 8:30 p.m. Unfortunately, the back of his bike was allegedly struck by a vehicle driven by an 18-year-old male. The cyclist was reportedly thrown from his bike due to the force of the collision. Emergency responders pronounced him dead at the scene.

Yelchin victim of wrongful death?

Car accidents and product recalls associated with automobiles are regular topics that make California news. Many times, certain makes and models of automobiles are recalled in an effort to prevent accidents from occurring. If an accident were to occur as the result of a defective automobile, it is possible that the car manufacturer and even the car dealership could be held responsible. Recently, actor Anton Yelchin was killed in what his parents claim to be a case of wrongful death .

Several months ago, Yelchin apparently exited his Jeep Grand Cherokee while it was still running. Although the gear shift was in neutral, the Jeep rolled and crushed Yelchin between it and his mailbox. Last spring, this same gear shift was the focus of a product recall involving over 1 million Fiat-Chrysler products. This has caused many, including Yelchin's parents, to infer that this apparently defective part could have been a contributing factor in his death.

Drunk driver charged after 4 people killed and 8 hurt

Wrecks involving vehicles and pedestrians often result in terrible consequences. When a truck goes off a bridge and falls into a crowd, however, the resulting impact can be catastrophic. In a recent tragic accident, an apparently drunk driver in California drove through a guardrail along a bridge and plunged into a crowd below.

The accident happened on Saturday afternoon, October 15. A 25-year-old active duty member of the U.S. Navy was driving east on the Sand Diego-Coronado Bridge when his truck fell 60 feet off the freeway into a crowd gathered for a festival at Chicano Park. The truck landed on a booth set up next to a stage where a band was performing. Four people were killed instantly on impact.

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