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Family Wins Wrongful Death Claim Against Cottageville

Posted by on Aug 6, 2016 in Wrongful Death Claim | Comments Off on Family Wins Wrongful Death Claim Against Cottageville

AR-130809842It’s not often that you hear a story about a police officer’s shooting and killing their mayor, but that’s exactly what happened in Cottageville, South Carolina. Now the little town has been named the defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit of their late mayor, Bert Reeves.

The case is being handled for Reeves’s children by attorney Mullins McLeod. In addition to the town of Cottageville, both the police department and the officer who shot the mayor, Randall Price, are also named as defendants.

One of the sticking points in the case is the events leading up to the shooting of Reeves. McLeod insists the fact that Reeves was upset with Price who had recently arrested one of the mayor’s employees makes the former police officer’s actions suspicious.

“Our investigation leads us to believe that Price confronted Mr. Reeves on a dirt road. It was not a routine traffic stop. What exactly happened during that encounter, we don’t yet know,” McLeod said during an interview. “What we do know is that Bert was unarmed and we don’t believe that deadly force was justified.”

Another sticking point for McLeod is Price’s background. He doesn’t understand why the Cottageville Police Department choose to hire the man who was fired from no less than three different jobs before landing the one in Cottageville. The reasons for the previous firings include the use of excessive force and brutality.

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McLeod suspects that it may have been Price’s aggressive approach that actually appealed to the town which depends on traffic tickets for 70% of its yearly revenue. He suspects that the town hoped that the officer would not be inclined to let anyone go with a warning and that he would write tickets with more lucrative fines than the other officers employed by the town.

Price doesn’t deny that he has an aggressive personality, but he pointed out that mayor wasn’t always the nicest of guys. Reeves had been diagnosed with bi-polar disorder. When questioned about the incident, he says that Reeve confronted him and then flew into a rage. Price said he didn’t fire his weapon until Reeves began throwing punches.

While the incident was investigated by South Carolina’s State Law Enforcement Division, they never formerly charged the officer.

When the case was unable to be settled out of court, it went trial where a jury awarded the plaintiff $7.5 million to cover actual damages, an addition $60 million for punitive damages, and $30 million for punitive damages which was set against Price.

legal-case-attorney-flag1-300x199“It always makes me feel good to hear about a case like this where the family of the deceased is able to walk away the winner,” said Attorney Joseph Sandefur of Joe and Martin, South Carolina’s top personal injury firm. “I hope the town of Cottageville learned a lesson and takes more care when hiring the very police officers who are supposed to protect the citizens.”

If you have been a victim of police brutality, contact an attorney and learn if you have the grounds for a personal injury lawsuit.

Article Source: http://www.southcarolinaradionetwork.com/2012/08/28/town-sued-over-shooting-death-of-its-mayor/

 

 

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University of Myrtle Beach Student Loses Leg in NYC Bomb

Posted by on Aug 6, 2016 in Personal Injury Attorney | Comments Off on University of Myrtle Beach Student Loses Leg in NYC Bomb

Earlier this month, an explosion within New York City’s famous Central Park shocked the nation. Few people realize that one of the individuals hurt by the explosion was a University of Myrtle Beach student.

At the time of the explosion, Connor Golden was an 18-year-old student who was enrolled in the University of Myrtle Beach. He decided to tag along with some friends when they choose to vacation in New York City. The injuries he received during the explosion were so severe, medical professionals were left with no choice but to amputate his leg. There was no way they could save it.

During the investigation, the NYPD was able to determine that the bomb had been created out of a batch of readily available, generic products. At this time, the NYPD spokesperson was unwilling to provide any more information about the bomb or if they had been able to generate any leads as to who had been responsible for creating the explosive device.

AFP_CQ08NThe one thing that the NYPD did reveal was that they didn’t feel this particular bombing was connected to a terrorist group. They feel that the bomb was crude and homemade, not nearly as sophisticated as the devices most terrorist cells prefer working with.

“I’m grateful that Mister Golden only lost his leg and not his life as a result of this horrible event.,” they said Joe and Martin from  Joe and Martin firm with an office headquartered in Myrtle Beach. “I hope that he recovers quickly, is able to return to the University of Myrtle Beach, and leads a long and full life. I would advise him to meet with a personal injury lawyer in order to make sure that his rights are protected and nothing could have been done to prevent him from having to live through this horrific event.”

The accident that occurred shocked the entire nation. On the place of the unfortunate young man could be anyone. So we need all together to give him support in order to cope with an accident that happened to him.

The first thing Golden needs to do is focus on recovering from his ordeal, which is going to take awhile. Losing a leg requires a long healing process and there will also be some stressful and intense rounds of physical therapy ahead of him while he learns how to walk.

img_9b7b6beda944ba91620299792830344496494While he’s recovering, Golden will need to keep every piece of documentation he receives from the police, the University of Myrtle Beach, his doctors, and his insurance company. Once he’s ready to meet with a person injury lawyer. The pair will go over every single aspect of the case, and make sure that the police and park officials didn’t make a mistake investigating and responding to the explosion, that the medical team never neglected Golden’s health care, and that the health insurance company isn’t trying to get out of paying Golden’s medical expenses.

If Golden’s lawyer things extreme action is warranted, they will advise their client to file a personal injury lawsuit.

It doesn’t matter if you were trapped in an explosion like Golden, or if you simply tripped over the carpet at your workplace and broke your leg, if the accident wasn’t your fault, you need to contact us and arrange for a consultation appointment.

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Tragic Motorcycle Accident Kills Los Angeles County Deputy

Posted by on Aug 6, 2016 in Motorcycle Accident | Comments Off on Tragic Motorcycle Accident Kills Los Angeles County Deputy

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was deeply saddened to learn that one of the victim killed in a fatal motorcycle crash in Corona was one of their own. The victim was 25-year-old Philip Borja who was off duty when he decided to go on a ride with one of his friends. His friend was severely injured in the accident.

industry-pursuitThe accident involved two different cars as well as the two motorcycles. The incident occurred on the eastbound lane of the Hidden Valley Parkway just a short distance from 15 Freeway’s east exit. The driver of a Ford Fusion exited the parking lot at Stater Bros and made a left turn onto the street, failing to see the two motorcycles bearing down on her as she entered into their pat. Unable to avoid the collision, the motorcycle Borja was on struck the Fusion’s driver side door. His friend swerved into oncoming traffic lanes in an effort to avoid the hitting the Fusion.

At this point a Volkswagen Beetle in the westbound on Hidden Valley stuck both of the motorcycles. The impact caused both the beetle and Borja’s motorcycle to burst into flames.

June-10th-CrashNeither car was carrying any passengers other than the driver, both of whom weren’t hurt in the accident. As of the following day, no one involved in the accident had been ticketed and nothing indicated that drugs or alcohol had been a factor.

After the accident, first responders sent Borja to the Riverside Community Hospital for treatment which is where he succumbed to his injuries the following afternoon. His friend, who was unidentified was released after his injuries were treated

“Horribly tragic events like this is precisely the reason I opted to pursue a career in personal became a personal injury lawyer. To protect families who have been victimized by others,”.

13173373921119659267785077413bike-accident02Sadly, accidents like this take place throughout the United States all the time. People who ride motorcycle enjoy a strong sense of freedom while they ride, but that freedom comes with a great deal of risk. Auto drivers who are involved in car vs motorcycle crashes often say that they didn’t see the motorcycle. The federal government stated that in 2013 alone, the odds of someone getting into an accident while riding a motorcycle was 26 times greater than if they were in a car. And the risk seems to be increasing. According to the Federal department of Transportation, they noticed a 7% increase in motorcycle accidents in 2012 when compared to the number of motorcycle accidents in 2011.

Source Article: http://ktla.com/2016/05/28/police-identify-sheriffs-deputy-killed-in-off-duty-motorcycle-crash-in-corona/

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Important Laws Every American Should Know About

Posted by on Jun 22, 2016 in Constitutional Law, Employment Law, Family Law | Comments Off on Important Laws Every American Should Know About

It’s crucial to know the law in at least some extent. There may have been numerous situation where you’ve been taken advantage of or discriminated against, and you’ve done nothing about it simply because you didn’t know whether or not you can. The law is written to protect the citizens, not to harm them. If you know your rights and explain them in a situation when they are endangered people will think twice about tricking your or discriminating against you.

 

The first couple of laws you need to know about are workplace and labor oriented.

Americans with Disabilities Act protect job seekers who are afraid of being discriminated against. This law helps you find a job. If you are qualified for a certain job an employer has no right to refuse you.

If you’ve ever found yourself in a situation that you’ve been denied the opportunity to work because of your race, nationality or any disability which in no way prevents you from fulfilling the demands of a job in question, then you could’ve called upon this law.

The second law you need to know about is the Equal pay Act of 1963.

This law makes sure that an employer has to pay equal wages to women and men who are doing the same job with the same skills, efforts, and responsibilities.
If you are a woman, and you’re getting paid less than your male colleagues you can file a report and request that the difference in wages be paid back in full for the whole amount of time that you have been paid less. Furthermore, you can ask for a salary raise.

 

The next segment of the text will be about health and medical laws.

And the first law you need to know about is Oregon’s death with dignity. Terminally ill patients are given the opportunity to end their lives without going through the horrible stages of illness before death takes hold. If it’s certain that you will die, you can take matters into your own hands and end your life, legally, by consuming the lethal medication.

An important thing to know if you are a woman is that abortion is legal throughout the USA.

Even though there are many protesters, terrorist that threaten women who commit abortion and many other campaigns against it, it’s not illegal to commit abortion.

EC in the ER law requires medical staff to tell you everything about emergency contraception if you’ve suffered a sexual assault. This law helps with preventing unwanted pregnancy in rape victims.The occupational safety and health act is one of the most important laws which protect workers in the workplace.
If you feel endangered in any way or consider that the conditions in a work environment are harmful to you and others, you are allowed to speak up and file a report. This law is important because it protects you from an employer, in other words, an employer cannot become discriminatory towards you in any way or try to fire you.

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