Category Archives: Wrongful Death

The Wrongful Death of Trayvon Martin?

George Zimmerman’s acquittal for the February 26, 2012 fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin generated global controversy. Zimmerman scuffled with Martin prior to Martin’s death in a gated community in Sandford, where Zimmerman was a volunteer neighborhood watchman and Martin temporarily lived. On February 26, 2012, Zimmerman reported Martin to police for suspicious activity and followed… Read More »

When a Drunk Driver Kills – Filing Wrongful Death Charges

Don’t drink and drive. In the United States nearly 30 people die in drunk driving accidents every day. Drinking even a small amount of alcohol can impair a driver’s reflexes enough to cause an accident. The penalties for driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol can be severe, ranging from suspension of your… Read More »

Wrongful Death Lawsuits in Florida

In 2008, a University of Central Florida football player collapsed during a pre-season conditioning drill and later died. In a subsequent wrongful death lawsuit, a jury found the University of Central Florida Athletic Association guilty of negligence and ordered it to pay $10 million to the young player’s family. The University’s insurance company, Great American,… Read More »

Justice After Death

Robert Champion, a 26-year-old drum major at Florida A & M University (FAMU) died in 2011 as a result of a brutal fraternity hazing ritual. Champion’s family sued FAMU under Florida’s Wrongful Death Act. FAMU argued that it is not responsible because Champion entered into the beating ritual voluntarily. Florida enacted its Wrongful Death Act… Read More »

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