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Parents file lawsuit after attorney falls, dies at D.C. metro

Florida readers might be interested to learn that the parents of a 35-year-old attorney have filed a wrongful death suit in Washington, D.C., alleging that their son fell from a Metro escalator, succumbed to his injuries and was not found until four days later. The filing, which was submitted on June 8, states that their son was going up an escalator at Judiciary Square Metro Station when the incident happened on Oct. 19, 2013.

The parents say that their son became unbalanced while riding the escalator and fell a short distance to to the subway platform. When he tried to get himself together, he fell backward and down about 8 feet, which incapacitated him. The parents also allege that Washington Metro Area Transit Authority employees, servants or agents saw these events, which were caught on security cameras, but did nothing to help their son.

Due to the events, the parents say that their son suffered an untimely, painful and tragic death resulting from his injuries. The filing maintains that WMATA is responsible under wrongful death, negligence, premises liability and survival action theories because it failed to appropriately recognize, respond to and investigate the accident in a timely manner. The parents have asked for an award of $25 million in damages as well as interests and costs.

When negligence is involved in the death of a person, whether the incident was a car accident or a slip and fall, the negligent party may be held responsible for the damages caused to the decedent's survivors. The applicable wrongful death statute may allow family members to recover funeral and burial costs as well as other damages.

Source: USA Today, "Lawsuit filed for $25M after attorney fell at D.C. metro, not found for 4 days," Lindsay Deutsch, June 9, 2015

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