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Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Over UCF Football Player’s Death

The family of a University of Central Florida football player who died during team practice has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the school.

Accoridng to court documents, the parents of Ereck Plancher claim the UCF Athletics Association is responsible for their son’s death. They are attempting to prove that coaches pushed Plancher excessively at his final practice despite knowing that he had a sickle cell trait. A former UCF wide receiver testified Monday that Plancher gasped for breath, fell to his knees, and struggled before collapsing during his final workout.

Anthony Davis also testified that UCF coach George O’Leary ordered all water and trainers out of the indoor field house during the practice on March 18, 2008. Davis said the coach was yelling obscenities at Plancher as the player’s eyes rolled back into his head and he collapsed during an obstacle course drill.

Attorneys of the UCF Athletics Association claim Plancher died from a congenital heart defect, not as a result of the workout.

If you need assistance with a wrongful death lawsuit, please contact the Oklahoma Wrongful Death Attorney of the Abel Law Firm by calling 1-800-739-ABEL.

Widow Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Tobacco Company Over Husband’s Death

Jury selection began Tuesday for the trial arising from a wrongful death lawsuit filed against tobacco company Philip Morris Inc. by a woman whose husband died of lung cancer.

According to Worcester Superior Court documents, Massachusetts-resident Brenda L. Haglund filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Phillip Morris over the death of her 51 year-old husband Stephen C. Haglund. Testimony is expected to begin next week.

The lawsuit alleges that when Mr. Haglund began smoking cigarettes in the 1970s, Phillip Morris had access to technology that extracted addictive nicotine from the tobacco. Attorneys for the tobacco giant claim this technology does not totally remove the nicotine and that the company’s efforts to market lower-nicotine cigarettes were not successful.

The lawsuit is seeking an unspecified amount of monetary damages.

If you need assistance with a wrongful death lawsuit, please contact an Oklahoma wrongful death lawyer of the Abel Law Firm by calling 1-800-739-ABEL.

$80M Verdict Tobacco Company Wrongful Death Lawsuit

A Florida woman was awarded $80 million verdict in a wrongful death lawsuit filed against a tobacco company on behalf of her deceased father.

Dianne Webb filed a wrongful death lawsuit against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in Bronson, Florida in 1997. A verdict was returned Tuesday in favor of the plaintiff. R.J. Reynolds was ordered to pay $8 million in compensatory damages and $72 million in punitive damages.

Webb filed the lawsuit on behalf of her father, James Cayce Horner, who died in 1996. Horner apparently smoked two packs of cigarettes a day for more than 60 years. The lawsuit claimed his smoking addiction was fueled by Reynolds’ manipulation and deception. The jury found R.J. Reynolds to be 90 percent responsible in Horner’s death.

Attorney James Gustafson, who represented Webb, said the ruling was a “historic” one. “This jury obviously rejected the decades-old deceit of the corporate liar,” Gustafson said. “[Jurors] acknowledged that R.J. Reynolds choices were motivated by nothing but unbridled greed.”

If you have lost a loved one due to the reckless actions of another party, you may be entitled to compensation. For more information, please contact the Oklahoma wrongful death attorney of the Abel Law Firm, by calling 1-800-739-ABEL.

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