The wrongful death of a family member is always a very difficult life event and causes great sorrow. The time period following a loved one’s passing is often filled with confusion, anger and sadness. When the death is preventable, and resulted from another person’s negligence, carelessness or mistake, it is emotionally devastating. In such an emotionally turbulent and trying time, impulsive or uninformed decisions should not be made. Instead, you should seek the advice of our expert Massachusetts wrongful death attorneys.
On January 31, 2011, Yvonne Wiederhold and Richard Wiederhold were driving in a car on Colonial Drive in Orange County, California. As they were driving down a stretch of highway, a Domino’s delivery driver, Jeffrey Kidd, attempted to merge the delivery truck onto Colonial Drive. Wiederhold swerved to avoid an accident; however, his car flipped and hit a tree. Richard, Yvonne and Kidd were all injured in the car accident. Richard was treated for spinal cord and brain injuries and was left paralyzed from the chest down. However, in March 2012, Richard died from blood clots related to his paralysis.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Yvonne Wiederhold filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Domino’s Pizza LLC. After a week long trial, the jury concluded that Kidd was 90 percent liable and that Richard Wiederhold was 10 percent liable. The jury also awarded Yvonne more than $10 million. The damages are for mental anguish, loss of companionship, and pain and suffering. Domino’s had already agreed to pay for Richard’s medical expenses. Attorney Mark Avera represented the Wiederholds.