An official for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Service's mental health division is dead following an accident in which he was struck by a log truck while riding his bicycle. The 27-year-old truck driver was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.
Seven current and former social workers, as well as an entire North Carolina county's Department of Social Services, have been accused of failing to prevent a young girl's death.
A 55-year-old man is dead following a fatal North Carolina car accident police claim was caused by a drunk driver. The 20-year-old driver thought responsible for the crash has been arrested and charged with felony death by vehicle, driving after drinking under the age of 21, DWI and involuntary manslaughter.
A North Carolina state representative has turned himself after being charged in the traffic death of a 55-year-old man. The representative, who was seriously injured in the 2011 accident, faces charges of misdemeanor death by vehicle. The representative's attorney said he was informed of the planned charge by police, adding that his client "always knew that this was always a possibility." Although, the representative faces criminal charges for his role in the fatal accident, the relatives of the deceased victim could pursue a wrongful death lawsuit in order to seek compensation for the death of their loved one. It is unclear whether they plan to do so, however. A family member of the victim said he was aware of the charge, but declined to discuss the matter further.
The North Carolina Court of Appeals has upheld the ruling of the North Carolina Industrial Commission, denying the plaintiffs of a lawsuit from collecting additional compensation. The plaintiffs filed the wrongful death lawsuit after their Jack Russell terrier was killed while undergoing a tube feeding in 2009. The suit names North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine as the defendant.
Two attorneys have filed a wrongful death complaint in response to the death of 15-month-old girl, naming the North Carolina county's Department of Social Services as a defendant. The claim accuses social workers employed by the agency for failing to take action despite being warned that the young girl was being abused by her great aunt.
The estate of an NFL player who was killed after falling from a truck in North Carolina in 2009 has filed a lawsuit against the victim's fiancée, blaming her for the player's death. The wrongful death lawsuit contends that the fiancée's negligence, in addition to that of her family member, ultimately led to the player's death.
Over the years, the trend for expecting mothers to opt to deliver their babies in the comfort of their own home has grown. Many states, including North Carolina, require in-home midwives to be registered nurses and undergo state certification to practice in-home birth. While proponents of in-home birth have legitimate reasons to tout their cause, real dangers exist, such as birth injuries, for those who choose this option under the supervision of unlicensed individuals. Such is the case, for a North Carolina family whose medical providers' negligence led to the wrongful death of their child during birth.
Despite the objections of officials that called him a danger to the community, a North Carolina man accused of causing a fatal motor vehicle accident will be granted bond while he waits for his trial. After being assured that the suspect would remain at his parents' North Carolina home, a judge set the man's bond at $50,000. The suspect's parents said they would make sure the man did not driver under their care and that he would appear at all scheduled hearings.
A 23-year-old North Carolina man accused of killing three people in a car crash is now on trial. The fatal accident occurred in 2009, when the suspect collided with another vehicle as he traveled down a state highway. Two individuals in the second vehicle, a 45-year-old mother and her 2-year-old daughter, died in the crash. Also killed was a 13-year-old passenger in the suspect's car.