Louisiana celebrity watchers may be interested to learn that the estate of Bobbi Kristina Brown filed a wrongful death claim on Aug. 7 against Nick Gordon, her boyfriend at the time of her death. The lawsuit claimed that Gordon was directly responsible for Brown’s death.
According to the lawsuit, Gordon assaulted Brown in the Atlanta townhome they shared. He was then accused of placing Brown in a bathtub full of water, which caused her to suffer brain damage. Brown was immediately rushed to the hospital after she was found and placed into a medically induced coma. She was ultimately pronounced dead in July.
It was speculated shortly after Brown was taken to the hospital that Gordon was involved in the incident. In February, he was questioned by the authorities about bruises that were found on Brown’s chest. He claimed that they were caused by CPR attempts. He was never criminally charged. His legal team stated that Gordon intended to defend himself against the accusations. The estate was seeking at least $10 million in compensation.
When a family member dies in an incident that was caused by another person’s actions, the deceased person’s family or estate may have the ability to file a wrongful death claim. The family or estate must prove that it was the other person’s actions that directly caused the death of the loved one. Depending on the circumstances, the family or estate may seek compensation for a wide range of damages that the death caused, such as loss of income, loss of inheritance and the cost of medical treatment. In some cases, punitive damages may also be sought.Source: CNN, “Lawsuit alleges Bobbi Kristina Brown’s boyfriend gave her ‘toxic cocktail,'” Melissa Gray, August 8, 2015