Norfolk wrongful death

City of Norfolk Blamed in Sanitation Worker’s Death

by | October 11th, 2011

October 11, 2011

The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry has cited the city of Norfolk for 19 serious safety violations following the death of a garbage truck worker in February.

The 51-year-old man was crushed to death by the hydraulic system inside his garbage truck on February 3. According to, city officials initially said the worker violated policy by climbing into the back of the truck to clear debris away from a blade.

However, the state agency found that the man was only doing what he’d been trained to do. They also concluded that the safety mechanism that may have saved his life was not functional.

“Employees are instructed to enter the compactor area of the Heil Formula 7000 trucks to clear debris when the blade stops due to the limit switch tripping,” the report states.

The victim’s daughter said that her family hasn’t been notified about the state’s investigation into her father’s death, but she said she’d checked with other sanitation workers to confirm that her father had followed policy by getting into the back of his truck.

“[My father] would not have done that unless he was told to do it,” said the daughter. “He was very conscious of safety issues.”

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If you or someone you know has been the victim of a Virginia wrongful death, the injury lawyers at Lowell Stanley can help.

Virginia Beach motorcyclist killed in accident

by | April 22nd, 2010

According to an article from The Daily Press, the motorcyclist was traveling in the Pungo section of Virginia Beach, traveling south on Princess Anne Road when he crashed into a car that was making a left turn. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at Virginia Beach General Hospital.

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Should motorists be more mindful of motorcyclist when they’re making left turns? How often do motorcyclists have to think about cars making left turns? What part of Virginia Beach is the most vulnerable for accidents of this type?

If your loved one or the loved one of someone you know has been wrongfully killed in a Virginia Beach auto accident, the Virginia Beach wrongful death lawyers and auto accident lawyers at Lowell Stanley can help.

Virginia Beach man dies after cigarette fire

by | April 16th, 2010

April 14, 2010

A 74-year-old Virginia Beach man is dead after he lit a cigarette in his bedroom and started a fire.

According to an article on, a caretaker for the Virginia Beach man found him unconscious and called 911.

Smoke inhalation appeared to be the cause of death, but the Virginia Beach medical examiner will determine the cause of death, the article said.

The article also reported that the home didn’t have working smoke detectors.

How often do you check the smoke detectors in your family’s home to make sure they’re working? Do you also check the smoke detectors of your loved ones?

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If your loved one or the loved one of someone you know has been wrongfully killed in Virginia Beach, the Norfolk Personal Injury Attorneys at Lowell Stanley can help.