Southern Illinois woman files suit over bonfire death
Posted on May 4th, 2009 by Zane Cagle
A plaintiff recently filed a wrongful death suit in Madison County over the death of her husband, who was killed in a fire while visiting a friend at his home.
The defendant started a bonfire in his backyard that was too close to his home. When his home caught fire, the plaintiff’s husband was trapped and killed inside.
According to the suit, the plaintiff alleges that her husband’s death was a direct result of the defendant’s negligence to warn her husband of the fire, failure to comply with fire safety codes and for allowing guests to enter his home under unsafe conditions.
As a result of the fire, the plaintiff alleges her husband suffered conscious pain, emotional distress and smoke inhalation before his death. Furthermore, his children have suffered grief and mental suffering, as well as a loss of society and support. Finally, the plaintiff incurred medical and funeral expenses.
In the four-count suit, plaintiff seeks a judgment in excess of $200,000 plus costs.
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