Family and “Midnight Rider” Producers Reach Settlement in Wrongful Death Lawsuit
The family of a woman killed while working on the set of “Midnight Rider” earlier this year settled a wrongful death lawsuit with the producers of the independent film.
On Wednesday, November 19th, 11 defendants, including producers Randall M. Miller and Jody Savin, agreed to a wrongful death lawsuit settlement with the family of Sarah Jones, who worked as a camera assistant on the set of the film. On February 20th, a freight train barreled through the set of the movie, and Jones was killed after being struck by the train. Unfortunately, train injuries occur more often than you might think. According to Operation Lifesaver, there were 2087 accidents in 2013, leading to 929 injuries and 251 fatalities.
“While the crew had been told they would have 60 seconds to remove themselves, the equipment, and the hospital bed from the trestle bridge, the train approached with a rapid speed and the crew had less than 60 seconds to react,” the wrongful death lawsuit stated.
“Richard and Elizabeth Jones’ objectives in filing this lawsuit, after the death of their 27-year-old daughter, Sarah, have been clear and unwavering,” the family’s attorney said in a statement. “To find out what happened on the day of their daughter’s death, determine who was responsible, hold those who made bad decisions accountable and ensure this kind of tragedy never happens again on another film set. Today, we are another step closer to fully achieving those objectives.”
The wrongful death lawsuit claimed that the “Defendants’ negligence actually and proximately caused Sarah’s injuries and death, rendering Defendants liable to Plaintiffs’ for Sarah’s injuries, pain and suffering, the value of her life, and all other elements of damages allowed under the laws of the State of Georgia.”
The terms of the wrongful death settlement have not been disclosed.
Wrongful Death Lawsuits in South Carolina
The unexpected loss of a loved is a very painful experience. While mourning their loss, surviving family members are often with mounting medical bills, the loss of an income, and sudden expenses such as hospital bills and funeral costs.
If a loved one dies as a result of the negligence, reckless, or intentional conduct of another, you may be entitled to file a South Carolina wrongful death lawsuit. A SC wrongful death lawsuit asserts a claim against a person who can be held legally responsible for a death. Surviving family members in a wrongful death lawsuit may be entitled to damages; money that can help with the expenses caused by the loss of their loved one.
Depending upon the circumstances, our South Carolina wrongful death attorneys may also assert a claim for punitive damages intended to punish the wrongdoer and deter others from engaging in such behavior.
The Strom Law Firm Can Help with A South Carolina Wrongful Death Lawsuit
The Columbia, SC wrongful death lawyers at the Strom Law Firm, LLC, will help you during this extremely difficult and emotional time. You do not have to face the emotional and financial pain of a loved one’s wrongful death alone. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed through no fault of your own, contact the South Carolina wrongful death attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, LLC today for a free, no-cost consultation today. 803.252.4800