When a Louisiana resident loses a loved one under suspicious circumstances, a civil wrongful death lawsuit could create an opportunity to hold someone responsible. On the national stage, the death of Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of late singer Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, illustrates the process.
Brown has filed a $10 million lawsuit, naming the live-in boyfriend of his daughter as the party responsible for her death. In an interview on the ABC television network, Brown expressed his suspicions about the boyfriend, who was present at the deaths of both mother and daughter. Additionally, Houston and Brown died under very similar circumstances. The boyfriend found both women unconscious in bathtubs. Houston died in a hotel, and Brown experienced injuries that led to her death in the home that she shared with her boyfriend.
Suspicious marks were present on Brown when she was taken to a hospital and put on life support. Authorities initiated a criminal investigation of the boyfriend. Brown eventually allowed his daughter to be taken off a ventilator so that she could die.
A wrongful death lawsuit is normally grounded on negligence in the same manner as is a personal injury lawsuit. They can arise in a variety of situations, such as a fatal motor vehicle accident or when a person is killed as a result of using a defective product. However, in some states the types and amounts of damages are limited by statute. The surviving family members of a person who has been killed by the negligence of another party may thus want to meet with an attorney to determine how best to proceed.