Ask most people in Bozeman what they believe wrongful death to be, and one may likely get a wide range of answers that, despite being diverse, imply it to be death attributable to direct negligence. While that may be true in many cases, there may also be times when people allege that the actions of others may have indirectly lead to one’s premature demise, as well. In such a case, while a defendant may have not comprehended how his or her acts may have influenced the fate of another, one may be able to argue that a reasonable person should have.
Such is the claim being made by a California man whose estranged wife committed suicide late last year. The man recently filed a lawsuit against the actor Jim Carrey, whom his wife had been involved with romantically since 2012. The woman was found dead in her home following an apparent drug overdose; a subsequent autopsy report later confirmed that fact. In his lawsuit, the man alleges that Carrey used his money and influence to illegally procure prescription drugs for his wife. He goes on to claim that the actor did this knowing that the woman had attempted suicide in the past and had battled depression. Carrey, for his part, disputes these assertions.
The validity of claims like the ones made above may end being left for a court to decide. Yet if one truly believes that his or her loved one’s death was inadvertently assisted by the negligent actions of another, his or her desire to hold that person accountable may be understandable. Successfully arguing such a point may be much easier if one has the assistance of an experienced attorney.
Source: The Washington Post “Jim Carrey calls wrongful death lawsuit ‘heartless attempt to exploit’ him and late girlfriend” Izadi, Elahe, Sept. 19, 2016