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A Fayetteville, North Carolina (NC) judge ruled Tuesday that the wrongful death suit against the state can continue. The suit, filed by relatives of Jesse Marquil King started after King’s drowning death in 2007.

Jesse Marquil King was walking to his uncle’s house in a heavy storm near Spruce Springs road in Fayetteville when he fell in a drainage ditch. The pipe of the drainage ditch pulled King under water where he drowned. King was a 17 year old senior at Terry Sanford High School.

The family of Jesse Marquil King is suing the state of North Carolina (NC) for negligence in maintaining the drainage system. A panel of three judges unanimously agreed that the state does not have immunity in the operation of the storm drain. This decision upholds a previous decision made by a trial judge in the case. The wrongful death case will continue through the court system.

Death, especially the death of a young teen, is never easy. The loss of the loved one, the cost of the funeral and the anger directed at the accident are just a glimpse of the emotional turmoil a victim’s family has to cope with after the death of their loved one. When that death comes as a wrongful death either through local city deficiencies, or a car accident the process can be even more difficult for the family.

My colleague, John Cooper, wrote an excellent article outlining the key facts of wrongful death claims. According to the article a wrongful death claim, “Is made by a family whose loved one has been killed by the negligence or intentional act of another person or company.” In a wrongful death claim the lawyer handling the case is seeking compensation for the damages to the family through emotional grief as well as monetary losses such as funeral arrangements.

Wrongful death is never easy, and the sudden and tragic loss of a young life can be devastating. Wrongful death claims can both ease the family’s financial loss as well as bring light to the accident and help ensure it does not happen again.

Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm is based in Virginia (VA), with an office also in Elizabeth City, in Northeast North Carolina (NC), practicing primarily in the southeastern U.S. and handles only injury law, including car, truck, railroad, and medical negligence cases and more. Our Carolina injury law website is:, the firm edits the injury law blogs Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard, as well as the Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard and also hosts a YouTube injury law video library covering many FAQ’s on personal injury subjects. Lawyers licensed in: VA, NC, SC, WV, DC, KY.


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