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Vanessa Bryant Sues over Kobe and Gianna’s Wrongful Deaths

February 28, 2020 By John Torgenson

On January 26, 2020, a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California left millions of people around the world in a state of shock. The crash took the lives of the nine individuals on board, including former NBA superstar Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Bryant. While that day was outright heartbreaking for sports fans and non-sports fans alike, no one felt the horror and pain of this tragedy like the families of the nine victims.

Ultimately, there is no amount of compensation that can fill the void left by a deceased family member. However, there are laws in every state that provide civil remedies for families when their loved ones die due to the negligence of another. On February 24, 2020, Vanessa Bryant, Kobe Bryant’s wife, filed a wrongful death lawsuit seeking damages related to the deaths of her husband and daughter. Specifically, the lawsuit alleges that the pilot of the helicopter negligently operated the aircraft and caused the crash. The lawsuit also names the helicopter company that chartered the flight as a defendant and alleges that the company is vicariously liable for the pilot’s negligent conduct.

A death or debilitating injury can affect a family financially, psychologically, and, most of all, emotionally. We would all say that we would rather have that person back. However, when that is not possible, how do we, as humans, value life? While the Bryant lawsuit is in California, Phoenix personal injury lawyers, we wanted to provide our readers with some basic information from our Arizona Jury Instructions and the factors considered to determine damages in a wrongful death action.

Those factors are as follows:

  1. The loss of love, affection, companionship, care, protection, and guidance since the death and in the future.
  2. The pain, grief, sorrow, anguish, stress, shock, and mental suffering already experienced, and reasonably probably to be experienced in the future.
  3. The income and services that have already been lost as a result of the death, and that are reasonably probable to be lost in the future.
  4. The reasonable expenses of funeral and burial.
  5. The reasonable expenses of necessary medical care and services for the injury that resulted in the death.

At Torgenson Law, our thoughts are with all the families affected by the January 26, 2020 helicopter crash. There is truly nothing as devastating or painful as losing a loved one.

As Arizona personal injury lawyers, it is our job to help people through the toughest and most difficult of times. In the horrible event of losing a loved one due to another person’s negligence or intentional acts of misconduct, there is simply is no monetary value equivalent to a life. If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another person, give us a call at (602) 726-0747.

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John Torgenson

After high school, John attended the University of Utah, graduating in 2001. John then attended his dream school, Notre Dame Law School, where he graduated, with honors, in 2004. John is licensed to fight in court for real people in the State of Arizona, the United States Federal District Court of Arizona, and the 9th Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.

Before establishing what is now Torgenson Law, John practiced in the litigation group at Fennemore Craig, the oldest law firm in Arizona, and one of the largest firms in the Southwest. Having practiced at Fennemore Craig in both the defense and plaintiff’s practice areas gives John a complete perspective of the litigation process, and valuable insight into how to efficiently and effectively advance his clients’ interests. His unique and balanced background enhances his credibility with defense lawyers, insurers, and defendants as well as with judges and arbitrators.