Recent Wrongful Death Lawsuits

Wrongful death lawsuits give victims a way to recover compensation for their loved one’s death. Under Massachusetts law, a person or company is liable for wrongful death if they cause the death of another person by negligence, a wanton or reckless act, or a breach of warranty. The family of the deceased individual can file a lawsuit against the party who caused their loved one’s death. Several notable wrongful death lawsuits have been filed in the last year, including the following cases.


The Wrongful Death Lawsuit for Involuntary Manslaughter Resolved

In 2017, a Massachusetts jury convicted Michelle Carter of involuntary manslaughter for the death of an 18-year-old named Conrad Ray III. The woman was 17 at the time of Roy’s death. He killed himself by filling up his pickup truck with carbon monoxide in a parking lot. When he had second thoughts about killing himself, Michelle texted him to “get back in” the truck. 

The family of Conrad Ray III filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Michelle Carter. She is currently serving a 15-month sentence after her manslaughter charge. An attorney for Conrad Ray’s mother recently stated that the wrongful death lawsuit against Michelle Carter has been “resolved.” The attorney refused to comment further after the incident. It appears that the parties came to a settlement agreement as both parties stipulated that the case will be dismissed with prejudice. 


The Estate of Aaron Hernandez Settles a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Aaron Hernandez, a former New England Patriots player, committed suicide in prison in 2017. Prosecutors had charged Hernandez with shooting two men in 2012 after a confrontation with them in a nightclub. Hernadez’s estate settled a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the families of the two men Hernandez was acquitted of killing. 

A Superior Court judge issued an order of dismissal of the lawsuit brought by the families. The terms of the settlement are confidential. A lawyer for one of the widows of the men killed stated that the settlement honors her late husband’s memory. The lawyer representing Hernandez’s estate stated that none of the estate assets were used to settle the wrongful death lawsuit.


Estate of a Couple Killed by a Drunk Driver is Suing the Bar That Served Him

Last year, a couple died after being in a head-on collision with a drunk driver. The estate of the couple is now suing the North Beach Bar and Grill. The wrongful death lawsuit alleges that the North Beach Bar and Grill offered the drunk driver free drinks before allegedly asking him to leave. The drunk driver then got into his vehicle, drove the wrong way on Route 101, and caused a head-on collision. As a result, a police sergeant and his wife, both in their 50s, died. 

The drunk driver has already pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter and two counts of reckless conduct. A judge sentenced him to 15 to 30 years in prison. Specifically, the wrongful death lawsuit claims that the bar and its staff negligently served the drunk driver beers and four shots of liquor over a four-and-a-half-hour period. The estate alleges that most of the drinks were given for free. 

The lawsuit alleges that one of the bartenders told the drunk driver to leave because he was annoying other customers. The estate claims that the bartenders knew or should have known that the drunk driver was intoxicated and “not in the position to safely operate a vehicle.” 

The lawsuit goes on to allege that one of the bartenders had actual or constructive knowledge that the other bartender served the drunk driver too much alcohol. The drunk driver has stated that he only ordered one drink, yet there were three full drinks in front of him that he pushed away, but then drank. 


A Federal Judge Denies an Appeal From the Family of a Murder Victim

In 2015, a woman was grocery shopping when a man attacked her with a knife and killed her. The suspect pleaded guilty to murder and is currently serving a life sentence in prison. The husband of the deceased woman filed a wrongful death lawsuit in 2017. The lawsuit contends that the grocery store should have to foresee the attack and take steps to prevent it. The wrongful death lawsuit alleges that the grocery store negligently failed to protect customers and that their negligence caused his wife’s death. 

A judge dismissed the lawsuit in 2018 and the victim’s husband appealed the decision. The panel of circuit court judges decided the appeal after reading written briefs. They affirmed the decision of the lower courts. 


Charles Jaynes Appears at His First Parole Hearing

Charles Jaynes was convicted for second-degree murder after kidnapping, raping, and murdering a 10-year-old child in 1997. The victim’s parents have filed a wrongful death lawsuit as well as a civil rights lawsuit against the North American Man/Boy Love Association. Jaynes was affiliated with the group. After eight years of litigation, a judge finally dismissed the lawsuit. Jaynes recently came to his first parole hearing. He stated he wanted to take responsibility for the murder rather than ask for parole. 


Contact Our Wrongful Death Attorneys Today

If your loved one died as a result of someone else’s negligence or recklessness, you may be entitled to compensation. In a wrongful death lawsuit, surviving loved ones seek recovery against people whose negligent conduct causes another person’s death. 

Successful plaintiffs can recover compensation for funeral and burial expenses, as well as compensation for past and future lost wages. If your loved one has died a wrongful death, we can help. Contact our experienced attorneys as soon as possible to schedule your initial consultation.