You've probably heard people say that they were "scared to death" and known that they were simply exaggerating their level of fright. However, a lawsuit recently filed in New Jersey claims that a cab driver literally did scare one grandmother to death. She was 68 years old at the time of her passing.
The grandmother was at the shopping mall, and she needed a ride home. She got a ride with a driver from the Yellow Cab Co. However, the driver then took her on some roads with which she was not familiar.
This caused her to become so frightened that she asked the driver to go another way. She began hyperventilating, and she even opened the door and jumped out of the cab. She left everything she had in the car and got into a car owned by a complete stranger.
In a sad twist, the cab driver had almost reached the woman's house when all of this took place. They were just about one block away. However, the woman's heart appeared to give out and she passed away.
The lawsuit is asking for $2.5 million dollars, saying that the driver was negligent and caused her death by taking her down a road that frightened her. The woman also had a thyroid condition, and her children—who started the lawsuit—have decided to sue a local hospital, saying they did not treat it correctly and it could have made her heart weaker.
When a loved one passes away, those who are left behind need to know if they have a right to financial compensation.
Source: New York Daily News, "68-year-old New Jersey grandmother literally scared to death by cabbie, new $2.5M lawsuit alleges," John Marzulli, March 15, 2016