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This unfortunate death happened in 2009; police held a Taser to a young man for an unbelievable 54 seconds. A schizophrenic, the young man had stopped taking his medication; he became violent and aggressive and his parents called the police for help.

Police arrived and tried to calm him down; they warned him that if he didn’t calm down, they would use a Taser. The abrasive young man challenged them to do it; he said that he had always wanted to know what it felt like.

A female officer pulled out and utilized her Taser for 54 seconds, shooting a continuous electrical shock of 50,000 volts into the young man, leaving him lying face down on the ground. The medical examiner’s office ruled his death a homicide. The officers (unbelievably) were cleared by an investigation and a grand jury chose not to indict them.

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The family of a man fatally shot while in a California emergency room has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the local sheriff’s office and the deputy involved in the shooting. Evidently, the 47 year old man went to his local hospital complaining of chest pains and shortness of breath related to an alcohol problem.

He was placed in soft wrist restraints, became agitated and tried to pull out his IV line. He pulled out a pocket knife to cut the wrist restraints and began jabbing the knife in the direction of other people. His left hand was free; his right hand, holding the knife, was still in a wrist restraint. When police arrived, the man was ordered to drop his knife. It appears that the man may have lunged at the police and they fired five shots at him; their report indicates that pepper spray would not have subdued him.

The wrongful death lawsuit maintains that the police didn’t ask the nurses about his medical status; because they didn’t, alleges the lawsuit, there was a failure to understand that he was experiencing severe alcohol withdrawal.

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In this hit and run case that involved a drunk driver, two 15 year old pedestrians were struck as they were out walking down the street. The driver, not identified at the time of the accident, fled the scene in a 2001 Chevy Z28 Camaro.

EMS crews responded quickly and transported the girls to the nearest hospital where their condition was listed as “critical”. The police investigated, followed lead and were able to track down 36-year-old drunk driver, later that same evening. He was charged with two counts of causing an injury while DWI; one count of DWI and one count of failure to stop after an injury accident.

In cases like this, lawsuits are, typically, the way to compensate the victims and punish the perpetrator. Most likely, the parents of these two innocent children, in the wrong place at the wrong time, will contact a personal injury attorney to discuss their rights. Both girls will have significant medical bills and possibly therapy depending on the extent and duration of their injuries.

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The Princess Cruise Lines were in legal hot water the minute human error caused its Crown Princess cruise ship to abruptly tilt 15 degrees to the left. The aftermath looked like a disaster movie set: furniture and other debris were rocketed across the ship’s decks; 240 or the 3,100 passengers on board were badly hurt. They sustained everything from serious bruising to bone fractures. Other passengers have experienced post traumatic stress disorder, nightmares and anxiety.

As indicated, the abrupt tilt was the result of human error; a crew member over-corrected in the wrong direction when he misread the automatic pilot gauge indicator. The company has taken full responsibility for the accident; it is likely that there will be a number of personal injury claims and/or lawsuits filed on behalf of injured passengers. While some of the claims may not involve catastrophic injuries, it appears that many of them may deal with severe injuries that have altered the lives of those hurt.

Aside from exercising their right to pursue a claim or lawsuit, seriously injured cruise ship passengers may also be interested in pursuing lawsuit funding. This is a service that will handle their immediate financial problems, pay medical or therapy expenses, pay regular bills and expenses like mortgage, rent and car payments, then wait for repayment out of the proceeds of the personal injury lawsuit. This would enable them to hold out for a reasonable settlement rather than being forced to settle because of immediate financial concerns.

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This is the disturbing story of a man who suffers a head injury at work, is denied access to immediate medical assistance, and dies. A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against the company on behalf of the deceased’s estate.

Apparently, the man was engaged in normal job duties when he sustained a blow to the head. He immediately asked his supervisor to take him to the hospital; instead, the supervisor told him to go lie down in the break room. He was found dead, in the break room, later that day.

The wrongful death lawsuit alleges that the company was guilty of negligence for not taking the man to the hospital for treatment; his death could have been prevented had he received medical care quickly. The pleadings allege that because the company did nothing to help the man, its’ negligence caused his death.

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This hit and run accident happened because an employee of a bar in Tennessee attempted to drive home after work while completely inebriated. As a result of his monumental stupidity, and, according to a recent lawsuit, because of the bar’s negligence in serving him alcohol while visibly intoxicated, he drove off and killed a pedestrian.

The Chattanooga Billiard Club had a policy of permitting their employees to have alcohol at the end of their shifts and, apparently, served it to them, even after they reached the level of intoxication. Jeremy Lane, 25-years old at the time of the accident, finished his shift at 3 a.m.; he, allegedly, drank like a fish until 7 a.m. He staggered out of the bar, apparently, so drunk he could barely stand, hopped into his Nissan sports car and drove away. Reports suggest that he then ran a red light at the same moment a pedestrian, Susan Berry Wood, was crossing the road on her way to work. He allegedly hit her, fled the scene, and left her for dead. Itis further reported that he later attempted to cover up what he had done; he called 911 and reported his car stolen, hoping to get way with the crime. Instead, the police found out that Lane left the bar visibly and clearly intoxicated; he was charged with vehicular homicide and DUI.

Wood’s family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit stating that Lane was served while “visibly and clearly intoxicated” and alleging that it was clear that harm would come to someone because of the bar’s policy of providing free booze to its employees.. A city ordinance bans bar employees from drinking at work, whether on or off duty. There is also an ordinance that bans the sale of alcohol to customers between 3:00 am and 8:00 am on weekdays.

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A Utah woman went to hospital to deliver her baby. She left after losing three limbs, as she had contracted a flesh eating bacteria while being cared for after the birth of her child. In her medical malpractice lawsuit, the woman said that medical and hospital negligence caused her to contract necrotizing fasciitis. The multi-million dollar lawsuit is now settled.

Complex medical-legal lawsuits like this one often take significant time, sometimes years, to wind their way through America’s court systems. In the meantime, victims often find themselves in dire need of cash for extraordinary expenses incurred because of the lawsuit and the ordinary expenses of life that are neglected because of injury and/or disability.

This unfortunate woman went into the hospital to realize the miracle and dream of childbirth, and, instead, experienced the nightmare of lost limbs; she is now permanently disabled, facing a lifetime of medical treatment. She is unable to work, care for her child or do anything else that she used to do, including walk, hold her child, go anywhere or do anything without assistance. Hopefully, the settlement provides her the means to receive artificial limbs or pay for appropriate assistance with the every day things that life throws her way.

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The effects of drinking and driving are staggering. Poor coordination, disorientation, blurred or double vision, and slowed reflexes are just a few effects. We hear about the tragedies of drunk driving every day. I recently read about little Nicole Lynn Woodbury, who at the age of ten, died at the hands of a drunk driver.

On the evening of September 2, 2008, little Nicole was a back seat passenger in her dad’s Jaguar when motorcyclist, Allen (A.J.) Cockrum ran a red stoplight and crashed into the back door of the Jaguar. Nicole and Mr. Cockrum, (age 19) died; Nicole’s father, Jeff Woodbury, was hospitalized with extensive injuries, including a puncture lung. Mr. Cockrum did not have a motorcycle endorsement, was driving under the legal drinking age, and had a blood alcohol level twice the legal limit for an adult.

Although Mr. Cockrum was drunk, authorities stated that the accident may have been avoided had the two drivers been able to see each other as they approached the intersection.

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Being hit by a car while crossing the street is a nightmare many people seem to have. In most instances, it it is nightmare that doesn’t come true; you wake up feeling fine. But, what happens when your worst nightmare does come true?

This case centers on a teenager, late for school and rushing to get to class. The 14-year old was properly using a crosswalk when a car came out from nowhere and hit her. The impact caused the victim to fly 100 feet prior to landing on the road. The teen’s injuries were extremely severe and she was airlifted to the University of Utah hospital. On arrival, she was listed in critical condition.

While all the details of this accident won’t be known until the investigation is complete, there may have been something obstructing the driver’s line of sight – fog or ice – that may have meant she could not see the young girl in the crosswalk. That being said, it is a driver’s responsibility to have a clear windshield while driving for this very reason; to avoid accidents.

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Most people consider a hospital a place to seek medical help in order to improve a patient’s condition. Those same people consider a hospital emergency room as a place to get immediate medical assistance. Unfortunately, sometimes a patient is forgotten or neglected by hospital staff. That was the case with Latino musician, Joaquin Rivera in a Pennsylvania hospital. Therefore, it should be no surprise that his family is filing a lawsuit against Aria Health Systems for Rivera’s wrongful death.

According to an article, the State Health Department released a report identifying numerous staff policy violations that occurred in the emergency room of Aria Health Systems on the evening of November 28, 2009.

Here is a partial sequence of events and the errors that, allegedly, occurred: Mr. Rivera entered the hospital at approximately 10:45 complaining of chest pains on his left side. Sometime later, he suffered a heart attack and died, although he sat dead in the waiting room for over 40 minutes. During this time, he was also robbed by three vagrants. All this before hospital personnel noticed or took any action. Surveillance cameras show that Mr. Rivera stopped moving 11 minutes after he arrived at the hospital. At 11:03 p.m., a nurse called his name, but did nothing when he didn’t respond. She noticed he was staring at a wall and not moving, but still did nothing. Only when another patient mentioned that he was dead, did anyone attend to Mr. Rivera.