Following his death, the singer Prince’s heirs filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Walgreens, Trinity Medical Center and two doctors who treated the singer. The claim was dismissed in August 2019, but his heirs filed an appeal. A Minnesota judge has upheld the dismissal of the wrongful death lawsuit.
In April 2016, Prince died of an accidental overdose after consuming fentanyl. He had been treated at a clinic for an opioid addiction shortly before his death. According to the wrongful death lawsuit, his heirs alleged that the doctors and clinics involved didn’t do everything in their power to treat his addiction. One of the doctor’s defense attorneys argued that the doctor had no involvement with the overdose that took Prince’s life.
The wrongful death case might be over, but the battle over his $200 million estate is still ongoing four years after the singer’s death. No one was ever named or charged in connection with the fentanyl overdose.
How can an individual proceed with a wrongful death lawsuit?
If an individual has lost a loved one due to recklessness or negligence of another person, they might be entitled to compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. Parents, children and spouses are all eligible to file for a lawsuit. By working with an attorney, the client may be able to bring the case to court and receive compensation from the negligent party.
If the individual wins the case, they might be entitled to compensation for emotional damages, medical bills, funeral costs, lost wages, lost inheritance, loss of insurance benefits and more. Their attorney might be able to guide them through the process and help them build the strongest case possible so that they can receive the compensation they’re entitled to. An attorney might also help them decide if it’s worth pursuing a case and, if so, how to proceed.