A woman filed a wrongful death claim against a West Virginia casino and a company that leases slot machines after her husband died. She claims that the casino is responsible for her husband's decision to commit suicide as a result of his gambling addiction. The wrongful death claim is seeking financial compensation for various types of negligence and emotional distress.
The deceased man, according to the wife, became addicted to gambling using the slot machines at the West Virginia casino. He then proceeded, supposedly because of his emotional and mental duress, to take money from his employer to feed his gambling habit. According to the lawsuit, he also spent all of the family's savings and got fired from his job. The wife states that the family was unaware of his gambling problem.
The claim says that the casino is liable for the man's suicide, mostly because the company was negligent in properly warning patrons of the facility of the possible risk of addiction. The casino is also accused of improper product design and causing the man emotional distress. This stress and financial pressure allegedly drove the man to extreme measures, ultimately resulting in his suicide.
By filing the wrongful death claim, the man's widow is insinuating that he would still be alive if he had not become addicted to the slot machines. A wrongful death claim is a legal option for family members when a loved one unexpectedly passes away because of the negligent, dangerous or reckless actions of another. It is possible that those left behind could be eligible for recompense to cover the cost of their emotional pain and suffering.
Source: Courthouse News Service, "Widow Blames Casino For Husband's Suicide", , Aug. 12, 2014