When another person's negligence causes injury or death to an innocent victim, the negligent party can be held legally accountable in a New York civil court. The process typically involves a recovering victim (or family member of a deceased victim) filing a personal injury or wrongful death claim against any and all parties deemed responsible for a particular incident. Such situations often lead to contentious courtroom battles; many times, successful verdicts and settlements are obtained by acting alongside experienced and aggressive legal representation.
A 21-year-old man in another state suffered an untimely and tragic death at the home of actress Demi Moore. She apparently was not home at the time, but her property manager was allegedly hosting a party on the premises that day. At some point, the young man tripped over an object on the ground, fell into a nearby pool and drowned.
His parents have filed a lawsuit, naming Moore as a defendant since she is the valid owner of the property and is therefore obligated to ensure the safety of any and all visitors. Moore herself has come out fighting, stating that, although the man's death was a tragedy, it's his own fault if he tripped over something on the ground that was in plain sight. In such situations, a savvy attorney can act on behalf of a plaintiff to argue that a victim may well not have seen the object over which he or she tripped before suffering demise.
The family of the decedent versus Demi Moore is far from over. However, any New York resident facing similar circumstances may wish to inquire further about the wrongful death lawsuit process. The type of legal representation acquired and evidence presented in court are typically key factors toward obtaining a favorable outcome.
Source: New York Daily News, "Demi Moore blames house guest for his drowning death in her pool", Nicole Bitette, June 7, 2017