The family of a deceased 20-year-old woman is suing the Lightning in a Bottle event promoter after their daughter attended the event, became ill from possible drug use, and failed to receive adequate medical attention last year. According to KSBY, Baylee Gatlin attended the Lightning in a Bottle festival in Monterey County which runs from May 23-28 and she was believed to be under the influence of LSD. After becoming ill from the alleged drug use, the family believes the festival did not have qualified medical personnel on site to provide her with the help she needed.
The lawsuit states that Gatlin died of multi-organ failure, hyperthermia, and dehydration. It also names the promotor, Do Lab, as the primary defendant. A medical contractor is also named as a defendant in the lawsuit. The source says that Dr. Gary Walter, who was a coroner formally contracted by the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office, said that Gatlin died from LSD toxicity. He later came back and announced a new cause of death. Dr. Walter is no longer employed by the sheriff’s office, however, the family was prepared to hold him accountable for their daughter’s death despite the fact that he was no longer working for the department.
And while this incident has brought some attention to the Lightning in a Bottle festival along with its promoter, more attention has been placed on the festival after another incident occurred this year that left a 23-year-old man dead. KSBY reported that Tyler Schripsema of Modesto passed away after being transported to Twin Cities Hospital. Sources say he was involved in a swimming-related accident while in attendance at the festival, however, officials have not yet provided any further details regarding his death. The San Luis Obispo County Coroner’s Office was responsible for conducting his autopsy.
After Schripsema passed away, his fraternity brothers set up a GoFundMe page and say he “lived and embraced each and every day and was never one to let a moment slip by.” Schripsema had just graduated from California State University three days prior to the accident occurring at the festival. You can expect that more details will emerge after officials conclude their investigation.
Accidents occur for many different reasons. But, when someone else’s negligent actions caused another to sustain an injury or result in their death, they may be held accountable, whether it is by criminal charges being filed or a civil lawsuit. For instance, had Baylee Gatlin received the medical attention she needed when she fell ill, she may still be alive today. But, because the family feels the promotor of the event failed to plan accordingly and hire the necessary staff for the event, he is now being faced with a lawsuit for the wrongful death of Gatlin. And if the family of Schripsema determines that their son was killed in a preventable accident, Do Lab may be named as a defendant in a second lawsuit.
A wrongful death lawsuit is generally filed by the family of a deceased loved one who was killed in an accident caused by someone else’s negligent actions.
In the event you or a family member of yours was severely injured or killed in an accident in CA that was caused by a negligent person or entity, consider contacting a San Luis Obispo, CA accident lawyer. CA accident attorney Therese Harris is a knowledgeable professional in San Luis Obispo who is qualified and capable of helping you take the proper legal action against the party who contributed to your pain or loss and hold them liable for their reckless behavior.
 
You can reach the Therese Harris Law Offices at:
935 Riverside Avenue, #7b
Paso Robles, CA 93446
E-mail- [email protected]
Phone- 805-369-2053

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