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Civil Lawsuit for Wrongful Death of Bobbi Kristina Brown Reaches Judgment

The estate of Bobbi Kristina Brown—daughter of the late Whitney Houston—was recently awarded $36 million in punitive damages following the ruling that Brown’s boyfriend, Nick Gordon, was “legally responsible” for the young woman’s death.

Gordon’s culpability was legally declared after he failed to attend a number of civil lawsuit hearings levied by Brown’s camp. He also did not attend the hearing that revealed the amount of punitive damages he would be required to pay and hired no lawyers to defend his case. The suit originally sought $50 million. However Brown’s estate made a statement that the need to “get justice for Bobbi Kristina Brown” was urgent, and they intended to pursue the full collection of the judgment.

In January 2015, Brown was found face down and unconscious in a tub full of cold water—an attack her estate alleges Gordon committed after he gave her a “toxic cocktail” of drugs and alcohol. She subsequently spent six months in a coma and passed on July 26, 2015. No criminal charges have been filed against Gordon, but law enforcement officials say the case is still under investigation.

At John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers, our well-versed personal injury attorneys handle wrongful death cases and fight for victims who have suffered at the hands of another party’s negligence. If you are in need of proficient legal counsel, don’t hesitate to contact our Memphis offices at (866) 537-1881 for support and guidance.



Christina Grimmie’s family sues concert promoter for her death

Legal documents, obtained by music news source Billboard, showed that the family of 22-year-old singer-songwriter Christina Grimmie has filed a wrongful death lawsuit, claiming negligent infliction of emotional distress due to The Voice alumna’s fatal shooting.

The lawsuit which was filed in Orlando, Florida on Tuesday, December 20, names as the defendant the concert promoter AEG Live and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Plaza Foundation, which owns the Plaza Live, where Grimmie was shot to death on June 10, 2016, during a fan meet and greet.

The lawsuit claims that the defendants “failed to take adequate security measures to ensure the safety of the performers and the attendees at the concert venue”, noting that only “superficial bag checks” were conducted.

The attorneys of John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers send their thoughts to Grimmie’s family and applaud their strength in fighting for justice.



Distracted driving deaths: when texting bans are not effective

The Tennessee Highway Patrol, in an effort to observe motorists from a higher vantage point, used to observe them from a tractor-trailer. They could see drivers typing on their cell phones while on the road, and when they observed this dangerous behavior they would radio other troopers, who would stop the drivers then issue a citation.

Texting while driving is prohibited in Tennessee and in 45 other states, falling under the “due care law,” which stipulates that drivers are responsible for “devoting full time and attention to operating a motor vehicle.” This issue is getting worse in the state, with Sergeant Chris Richardson saying, “It’s a texting and driving epidemic.”

We at John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers are not afraid to fight for you in court to help you obtain a fair offer of compensation for your injuries should you have the misfortune of being hurt in a personal injury accident in Memphis. If you sustain injuries in Tennessee due to the negligent actions of others, call our offices today at (866) 537-1881.



Nurse Facing First-Degree Murder Charges for the Deaths of Eight Residents

A Canadian nurse, Elizabeth Tracey Mae Wettlaufer, has been accused of intentionally poisoning eight residents in an assisted-living facility from 2007 to 2014. Wettlaufer’s alleged victims range from age 75 to 90 and were residents at Carressant Care Nursing and Retirement Home in Woodstock. Ontario police say the poisonings took place in two Ontario facilities and were alerted to the activity by a tip claiming Wettlaufer had killed multiple patients.

Five women and three men are alleged to be Wettlaufer’s victims. They were killed using a fatal dose of an administered drug. Wettlaufer first registered as a nurse in 1995 and resigned from the Colleges of Nurses of Ontario one day before the investigation began. Police are not discussing motive at this time, but the homicides mark the most murder charges levied against a single individual since 2006.

Nursing home negligence and abuse often occurs behind closed doors and can be difficult to detect. At John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers, our dedicated nursing home negligence attorneys believe in holding the appropriate parties accountable for elderly residents’ injury and untimely death. If you suspect a loved one is being neglected or abused by a nursing home, call our Memphis offices at (866) 537-1881.