Michael Waugh was the general manager of Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab Restaurant in Chicago. Sadly, he died in a plane crash on January 30, 2006 while traveling in a Cessna 421B, piloted by a Morgan Stanley financial advisor, Mark Turek. Turek and two other passengers also died in the crash.
According to the wrongful-death lawsuit, Michael Waugh was allegedly flying in the private aircraft because Turek and another Morgan Stanley employee had arranged a financial consult with Mr. Waugh and his father, Jack Waugh. Turek flew the plane from Olathe, Kansas and was cleared to land at the Chicago-area airport. However, he drove the airplane too slowly while attempting to land and caused the engine to stall. The airplane then crashed nose-first into the ground and exploded upon impact.
Waugh’s widow and three children, ages 14, 12, and 8, will receive compensation for his death after a Cook County judge approved a $15 million settlement for the wrongful death lawsuit against Turek’s estate. Specifically, the family’s lawsuit alleged that Morgan Stanley allowed a non-professional pilot to fly company planes on business trips, which they argued ultimately caused Waugh’s death.
recently named in the 2009 edition of Best Lawyer's In America, David Mittleman has been representing seriously injured people since 1985. A partner with Church Wyble PC—a division of Grewal Law PLLC—Mr. Mittleman and his partners focus on medical malpractice, wrongful death, car accidents, slip and falls, nursing home injury, pharmacy/pharmacist negligence and disability claims.