Lawsuit against NFL to change due to Easterling’s death

Following the suicide of former Atlanta Falcons safety Ray Easterling, one of the more than five dozen personal injury lawsuits against the NFL will be changed to wrongful death. Easterling was a part of one of the first lawsuits filed against the league.

Easterling, 62, was found dead last Thursday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his Virginia home. Prior to his death, friends and family say his memory had begun to deteriorate.

More than 1,260 former NFL players are represented in the 61 lawsuits against the league. They accuse of NFL of carelessness, negligence, intentional misconduct, and concealing information regarding the long-term damage of concussions.


Indiana State Fair stage collapse gets first wrongful death lawsuit

The first wrongful death lawsuit following the deadly stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair has been filed by the family of a woman who died when the stage fell on her. She is one of six people who died as a result and nearly three dozen other people were seriously injured.

The woman’s wife is suing the state of Indiana, Live Nation, Mid-America Sound Corp., and Dave Lucas Entertainment Group which designed and constructed the stage that fell down after a big gust of wind blew through only a few minutes before the country band Sugarland was scheduled to play.

This lawsuit will test Indiana’s treatment of same-sex marriage since gay couples are not eligible to receive benefits from wrongful death lawsuits. The couple was married in Hawaii and have raised a 17 year-old girl together.


Mother of Toddler Suing for Wrongful Death

The mother of an Iowa toddler has filed a lawsuit against the 18-month-old girl’s father, claiming that he and another woman somehow caused the death of the child.

The toddler died in March of last year after medics responded to a call at an apartment and found the girl displaying symptoms related to seizures. A week later, the child died, reportedly due to head injuries.

The death of the child is still being investigated, and, although no criminal charges have been filed against the father, the case has been ruled to be a homicide.

If someone you love has died due to acts of violence or homicide, please contact the Des Moines wrongful death attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at (515) 225-2600.


Woman killed in single-vehicle accident

Cedar Falls police report that a 26-year-old woman died last Saturday morning in a single-vehicle accident.

According to authorities, the accident took place early Saturday morning when the 25-year-old driver of the truck lost control of the vehicle. The truck then ran off the road and struck a retaining wall before hitting a parked vehicle.

The woman was riding passenger in the truck and was killed immediately. The driver was taken to a local hospital.


Man killed in UI construction accident

49-year old Tom Fosdick of Cedar Rapids passed away Wednesday after succumbing to injuries sustained after falling in a construction accident on the University of Iowa campus on Monday.  Iowa’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the accident to determine if anyone is at fault in the accident and whether or not there should be charges for wrongful death.

Fosdick was working for Swanson Glass at the time of the accident.  Swanson was hired by the university and general contractor Miron Construction of Wisconsin to work on the renovations to the exterior of University of Iowa’s Boyd Law Building.

Currently, OSHA has fined Miron Construction $15,293 for 19 safety violations.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Fosdick’s family and friends during this difficult time.


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