Written by Staff Writer
10 May, 2016 | 4:43 pm
It’s been nearly six years since Paul Gray, the late Slipknot bassist, was found dead in his hotel room, and at the time his daughter was three months away from being born, but now she is eligible to sue his doctor, Daniel Baldi in a one of a kind case.
Earlier this year, Gray’s doctor was headed to the Iowa Supreme Court for eight counts of involuntary manslaughter for overprescribing painkillers to patients who include Gray. Baldi has been acquitted of seven of those charges.
Now, in a twist that’s being heralded as “unprecedented,” a wrongful death case filed by Gray’s widow was thrown out of court on account of it being outside the legal time to file, two years. However a wrongful death case filed on behalf his now 5-year-year daughter will be seen by the court. Here’s what The Des Moines Register had to say about the case.
The first-of-its kind case required the Iowa justices to weigh whether October Gray could bring a lawsuit for the loss of her father’s love and emotional support — known as loss of consortium — even though she was still in her mother’s womb when Gray died of a drug overdose in May 2010.
The young daughter could still suffer the emotional effects of her father’s death after her birth, making her claim eligible to be decided by a jury, Justice Daryl Hecht wrote in the ruling. The ruling went against arguments from lawyers representing Dr. Daniel Baldi, who claimed October Gray had no relationship with her late father and should be unable to sue.
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