Widow of Eagles Guitarist Glenn Frey Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against NYC Hospital
Cindy Frey, the widow of Eagles guitarist, Glenn Frey, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan over its treatment of her husband before he died in January 2017 at age 67. According to a report in The Daily Mail, Frey accused the hospital and gastroenterologist Steven Itzkowitz of negligence for failing to properly treat Frey’s ulcerative colitis, diagnose and treat infection and advice of the risks and side effects from treatment. As a result of this negligence, the lawsuit alleges, Frey was “rendered sick, sore, lame and disabled” and that he suffered pain and mental anguish before he died.
Frey reportedly died from acute ulcerative colitis, pneumonia and rheumatoid arthritis. The lawsuit was filed in a New York state court in Manhattan. The complaint seeks unspecified damages for Cindy Frey who has three children with her late husband and oversees his estate. The lawsuit was filed shortly before the expiration of New York’s two-year statute of limitations for wrongful death cases.
Filing a Wrongful Death Case
A wrongful death lawsuit is a civil case, which stems from a death caused by an act of negligence or wrongdoing. In a medical setting, for example, medical negligence could serve as the basis for a wrongful death lawsuit. In a civil case, as opposed to a criminal homicide or manslaughter case, the defendant is found “liable” for the death of the decedent. A wrongful death lawsuit is typically brought forth by survivors of the deceased victim such as spouse, children and other family members or individuals who were financially dependent on the decedent.
Damages and Compensation
A wrongful death lawsuit could seek compensation for damages including but not limited to medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income, pain and suffering and emotional distress. In a medical negligence case or medical malpractice case, plaintiffs must prove that there was a doctor-patient relationship existed; that the doctor’s actions were negligent; that the patient suffered injury or harm as a result of the doctor’s negligent; and that the patient and his or her family suffered monetary damages as a result of the negligence and the injuries or harm caused.