August 1, 2012 |
Like millions of older Americans, especially women, Lois Eskind suffered from osteoporosis, which can cause vertebrae to crumble and result in terrible back pain. Unlike most, Eskind died on the operating table from a heart attack in 2003 minutes after a surgeon injected into her vertebrae a bone cement manufactured, illegally promoted, and tested on unknowing patients by medical device-maker Synthes Inc. Synthes, which was purchased by Johnson & Johnson in June for $19.7 billion, and its Norian subsidiary pleaded guilty in 2010 to criminal charges and paid $23.5 million in penalties.
June 30, 2011 |
A Philadelphia judge has awarded $15 million in the death of a teen who fell into an abandoned mine shaft during a service trip to central Mexico. The Legal Intelligencer reports that Susan Patterson and Christopher Crane of West Chester have been awarded $15 million in survival and wrongful-death damages. Sixteen-year-old Taylor Crane died during a July 2007 trip organized by the defendant, Travel for Teens of Wayne. News reports say the teen died after he fell more than 500 feet into the shaft while playing tag with children on a visit to the Cinco Senores mine in Guanajuato state.
December 24, 1996 |
A settlement for $25,000 was awarded in a wrongful-death claim filed by the parents of a Lansdale boy who was killed when he was hit by a car in 1993. Montgomery County Court Judge William J. Furber awarded the settlement to Vong Nguong and Raing Noykathok, parents of Thaiva Nguong, who was 7 when he was killed. Thaiva Nguong was running across Walnut Street in Lansdale toward an ice cream truck about 9 p.m. July 13 when he ran into the street from between two parked cars and was struck and fatally injured by a car driven by a 17-year-old Harleysville youth.
October 6, 1995 |
O.J. Simpson's attorney yesterday urged the victims' loved ones to drop their wrongful death suits against the freed football great - but the Ronald Goldman's family vowed to seek their justice in court. "It's not about the money," said Goldman's sister, Kim, ripping the plea by Simpson's lawyer, Johnnie Cochran Jr.. "If the only place (Simpson's) going to suffer is in his pocket, that's what we're going to do," she said. "If we can't have him behind bars, if that's my only hope of some kind of payback, that's what we'll do. Nothing is going to make Ron come back.
January 18, 2013 |
LOS ANGELES - Toyota Motor Corp. has settled what was to be the first in a group of hundreds of pending wrongful death and injury lawsuits involving sudden, unintended acceleration by Toyota vehicles, a company spokesman said Thursday. Toyota reached the agreement in the case brought by the family of Paul Van Alfen and Charlene Jones Lloyd, spokeswoman Celeste Migliore said. They were killed when their Camry hit a wall in Utah in 2010. Migliore would not disclose the financial terms, and plaintiffs' attorney Robert Krause did not immediately reply to a phone message.
March 1, 2013 |
A lawyer for the mother of a 7-year-old boy who drowned in a backyard pool while enrolled in what authorities have described as a fraudulently licensed day-care center filed a wrongful-death suit Wednesday against the operation's directors and the owner of the home where the child died. Isear Jeffcoat was swimming with 20 other children from Tianna's Terrific Tots on June 30 when he drowned in the deep end of a filthy, 9-foot-deep inground pool at a home in East Oak Lane. Tianna Edwards, 31, had left the children to swim at her mother's pool under the supervision of an employee with a lengthy criminal history that should have prohibited him from working with children, according to a state review of the case.
May 7, 1986 |
The sister of a South Philadelphia man who died in police custody an hour after he was stopped for running a red light has filed suit against the city and three police officers, seeking more than $10 million in damages. The wrongful death suit, filed in U.S. District Court yesterday, contends that David Perkins, 34, of Manton Street near 26th, was beaten to death by the three officers. "By their use of excessive force, violent blows to the head, cruel, barbarous and inhumane treatment of the decedent, (the officers)
February 13, 1987 |
A Schuylkill County man yesterday filed an $11 million wrongful-death suit against Bic Corp., contending that his wife died from injuries suffered after a Bic butane lighter "suddenly exploded" in her hands. The suit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, comes just four months after Bic Corp. agreed to pay $3.25 million to a Philadelphia woman who said she was engulfed in flames after placing a defective Bic lighter in her pants pocket. In that case, Cynthia Littlejohn, 34, of Center City, suffered burns over 25 percent to 30 percent of her body after placing a Bic lighter in her pocket on Oct. 16, 1983, while on a camping trip in Spartanburg, S.C. Her attorney said in October that Littlejohn was hospitalized for two months and had undergone seven operations because of the burns.
August 22, 2013 |
The parents of a 30-year-old Burlington City man who was killed in a New York City crane collapse last year have settled their wrongful death lawsuit for $1 million. The Liberty Mutual insurance company will pay the sum as part of the settlement between crane owner Yonkers Contracting and the parents of Michael J. Simermeyer. The settlement concludes the suit brought by Colleen and Michael Simermeyer alleging wrongful death of their son, who was killed April 3, 2012, when the crane collapsed in Manhattan during a subway construction project.
April 30, 2015 |
The mother of a Frankford man killed by police during a December car stop filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the Philadelphia Police Department to obtain all evidence, including video, for public release. Tanya Brown-Dickerson, mother of Brandon Tate-Brown, had hinted at a suit last month after an investigation by the District Attorney's Office resulted in no criminal charges for the two officers involved. "The main focus of the lawsuit is police transparency," said Brian Mildenberg, an attorney for Tate-Brown's family.