MI Prisoner’s Estate’s Wrongful Death Suit Dismissed Because He Caused His Own Death by Swallowing Illegal Drugs
Graham’s estate filed a wrongful death suit against the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office, which was dismissed by the trial court because the estate’s lawsuit sought to recover for damages Graham had caused himself by his own illegal activity. The estate appealed.
The Michigan Court of Appeals held that a decedent’s estate can’t recover damages in a wrongful death suit where the decedent died as a result of his own illegal activity. Since Graham possessed and swallowed the cocaine, the appellate court held the district court had properly dismissed the case. See: Carolyn Graham, Pers. Rep. of the Estate of Terance Graham v. Secure Care, Inc., Michigan Court of Appeals, Case No. 262138 (Jan. 18, 2007); 2007 WL 122127.
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Carolyn Graham, Pers. Rep. of the Estate of Terance Graham v. Secure Care, Inc.
|Cite||Michigan Court of Appeals, 2007 WL 122127|
|Level||State Court of Appeals|