Riggs v. Georgia-Pacific LLCAnnotate this Case
Vickie Warrant filed a personal injury suit against Defendants seeking damages due to her exposure to asbestos, which she claimed caused her mesothelioma. After receiving a jury verdict in her favor in the personal injury lawsuit, Warren died. Thereafter, Micah Riggs, the personal representative of Warren’s estate, filed a wrongful death and survival suit on behalf of Warren’s children that arose out of the same injury and was against the same defendants. Defendants moved to dismiss the wrongful death claim, asserting that Warren’s personal injury trial and judgment precluded the wrongful death motion. The district court denied the motion. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that a prior personal injury suit does not bar a related wrongful death claim brought by the decedent’s heirs or personal representative.