Family Files Lawsuit Against Zuckerberg After Security Guard’s Heart Attack
Mark Zuckerberg has been blamed for a lot of things. From teenage suicide to human trafficking to allowing foreign countries to influence our elections, to creating a general atmosphere of rage and disgust, Meta has been the recipient of some serious allegations. However, none of those are related to this wrongful death lawsuit. Instead, a Zuckerberg-owned company is being sued after a security guard had a heart attack during his shift.
While Zuckerberg offered a settlement to the family and donated a $7,500 check for funeral expenses, the family has refused to let the matter go and is now pursuing a lawsuit in court.
According to the family, the man was securing an area near the bottom of a cliff when it began to rain. The 70-year-old security guard attempted to scale the cliff which was extremely steep. During this attempt, he began suffering symptoms of a heart attack. Because it was raining, no one was able to reach him in time. The heart attack was so intense that it ripped a hole in his heart and he began bleeding out. He was eventually brought to the hospital, but by then it was too late. He died a day later.
On most days, the security guard was taken down the cliff in a four-wheeler. When his shift was over, someone would pick him up and drive him back up the cliff. A medical examiner ruled that acute stress from attempting to traverse the incline was a notable contributing factor to his death. An attorney representing the family said that worn-down tires on the four-wheeler prevented staff from reaching the plaintiff in time to save his life. He says a $1,000 investment in the vehicle’s tires could have saved the man’s life.
Can you really sue your employer over a heart attack?
No. But there are several factors that make this case unique. Firstly, the security guard may or may not have been an employee of the company he is suing. If he was a contractor, he would be entitled to file a lawsuit against another business that employed his services. Alternatively, he could be the employee of a company providing security to the grounds. If Zuckerberg was his employer, it is more likely than not he would not be able to file this lawsuit.
Secondly, there is a matter of foreseeability. The family has reason to believe that the company knew that the vehicle’s tires were unable to traverse the cliff in slippery conditions. That means that they left a 70-year-old man at the bottom of a cliff with no way up save for a deadly heart attack. If such a conversation took place, then a failure to provide safe or functional equipment was a direct contributing factor to the security guard’s death.
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