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Court upholds $5 million award in car accident lawsuit

A Louisiana state appeals court recently upheld a $5 million award to a couple who filed a car accident lawsuit against a car company.

August and Juli Guillot claimed a defect in their Jeep Grand Cherokee’s transmission caused it to suddenly shift from park to reverse, which they said caused the accident that fatally injured their unborn child, according to the Associated Press.

The 1999 incident occurred when the vehicle backed up and pinned the expecting mother against a brick column.

Initially the couple assumed that they had merely left the car in reverse, but in 2001 after receiving a call from a Los Angeles Times reporter investigating “park-to-reverse” defects, they filed their car accident lawsuit, reports the AP.

Daimler-Chrysler had claimed that the couple missed the deadline to file the lawsuit but the appeals court rejected that claim.

A “vehicle defect was never suspected by the investigating officer, and Mr. Guillot blamed himself for the accident for two years,” the ruling said.

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Car accident lawsuit against school district dismissed

A car accident lawsuit against a Pennsylvania school district, which claimed a high school was responsible for a fatal crash by not providing busing, has been dismissed.

Scott and Brenda Grau sued the New Kensington-Arnold School District, claiming they were partially responsible for the accident that killed their 17-year-old son Colin because busing was not provided and because it did not do enough to prevent students from cutting classes, according to the Tarentum Valley News Dispatch.

The crash occurred when Colin Grau and the driver of the vehicle left school without permission and struck another car head-on as they were leaving the establishment, reports the news source.

U.S. District Judge David Cercone recently reaffirmed the June decision by U.S. Magistrate Judge Lisa Pupo Lenihan to dismiss the lawsuit against the school district.

“[Colin's] death occurred because he chose to leave school early and ride with a friend who lost control of his vehicle,” Lenihan wrote. “[The district] did not place him in this vehicle.”

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Car accident lawsuit over fatal accident ends in $100,000 settlement

A car accident lawsuit filed over a fatal 2008 accident on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge has been settled for $100,000.

In the incident, 57-year-old John Short had to swerve his tractor trailer truck to avoid hitting a car that was veering into his lane, according to the Washington Post. Short’s truck hit both sides of the bridge, road atop a railing for 100 feet before plummeting into the water below, killing Short.

The car that caused the incident was driven by then 19-year-old Candy Baldwin. An investigation found that her blood-alcohol content at the time of the accident was .03 percent, which was determined to be low for criminal charges to be pressed, reports the news source.

Baldwin’s attorney, Ted Staples, said that Short’s family agreed to a $100,000 settlement, which is the maximum amount allowed by Baldwin’s insurance policy.

Staples said his client is pregnant, living in Alaska and remorseful.

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Car accident lawsuit alleges drug, alcohol use

A car accident lawsuit filed in Texas alleges that one of the drivers in the incident was on drugs or alcohol.

Victor Matamoros filed the car accident lawsuit against Dustin Fontenot, reports UltimateMemorial.com.

The lawsuit filed by Matamoros claims that his car was struck by a vehicle being driven by Fontenot. The lawsuit also accuses Fontenot of being under the influence of drugs and/or alchohol when the accident occurred.

Additionally, Matamoros claims in his lawsuit that Fontenot failed to apply his brakes in time to avoid the crash and failed to take evasive action to avoid an accident.

Matamoros and Lisette Matamoros, who was a passenger in the car at the time of the accident, are seeking compensation for medical bills, physical suffering and mental anguish, reports the news source. In addition, they want compensatory damages and a jury trial.

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Car accident lawsuit alleges drug, alcohol use

A car accident lawsuit filed in Texas alleges that one of the drivers in the incident was on drugs or alcohol.

Victor Matamoros filed the car accident lawsuit against Dustin Fontenot, reports UltimateMemorial.com.

The lawsuit filed by Matamoros claims that his car was struck by a vehicle being driven by Fontenot. The lawsuit also accuses Fontenot of being under the influence of drugs and/or alchohol when the accident occurred.

Additionally, Matamoros claims in his lawsuit that Fontenot failed to apply his brakes in time to avoid the crash and failed to take evasive action to avoid an accident.

Matamoros and Lisette Matamoros, who was a passenger in the car at the time of the accident, are seeking compensation for medical bills, physical suffering and mental anguish, reports the news source. In addition, they want compensatory damages and a jury trial.

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Car accident lawsuit filed against drunk driver

A New Jersey man who was recently sentenced to 18 years in prison for killing a man while driving drunk is also facing a car accident lawsuit from the victim’s family.

Eight months ago, Randy Ratliff borrowed his friend’s truck and crashed into a vehicle being driven by Jeff Robinson, who died as a result of the wreck, according to the Newark Advocate. Ratliff was recently sentenced to an 18-year prison sentence because of the incident.

However, the legal problems don’t end there for Ratliff, as he is now is facing a civil car accident lawsuit from Robinson’s family. In addition to Ratliff, the lawsuit names the Cruiser Tavern, where Ratliff was drinking on the night of the fatal crash, and the family of Wayne Maharg, who lent Ratliff the truck. The lawsuit names Maharg’s family because he passed away before it was filed.

The Robinson family’s attorney said that the case was filed to hold everyone accountable for their actions.

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North Carolina jury finds for surgeon in medical malpractice case

A jury cleared a spinal surgeon of the allegations leveled against him in a medical malpractice lawsuit that was filed after the doctor operated on a North Carolina police officer who later died.

An injury during a training exercise in 2003 caused Wilmington, North Carolina, police officer Christopher Fitzgerald Williams to undergo two back surgeries, according to StarNewsOnline.com. Williams passed away after he suffered a pulmonary embolus following the second procedure.

Williams’ widow, Lillie Faye Williams filed the medical malpractice lawsuit in 2008 claiming that Williams should have gone on blood-thinning medication sooner then he died to prevent the blockage of the artery in the lungs, which ultimately killed him.

However, Williams’ second surgery required that he go off Coumadin, the medication, which left Dr. Robert Mark Rodger with a tough choice, according to Rodger’s attorney John Minier.

“The plaintiff alleged Christopher Williams should have gone on Coumadin sooner,” Minier told the news source. “The post-operative management of the patient was a hard call. [Dr. Rodger] was between a rock and a hard place.”

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Hawaii hospital settles medical malpractice lawsuit for $11 million

Hawaii’s Tripler Army Medical Center recently settled a medical malpractice lawsuit for $11 million, which involved a brain injury sustained by a baby during birth at the hospital.

David and Celia McCraw in 2005 for the delivery of their daughter, Kayla Mae. The family’s attorney, Michael Livingston, said that a communication breakdown between two doctors lead to the child’s birth injury and ultimately resulted in her development of cerebral palsy, according to KITV, an ABC affiliate.

During the delivery doctors concluded that the baby should come out immediately because it was showing signs of distress but the second-year resident failed to inform her superior, causing the delivery to delayed nearly an hour.

“The fetal monitor strip showed that the baby was almost dead and at that point, they took steps to apply a vacuum to the baby’s head and very quickly and relatively easily delivered the baby,” Livingston told the news source.

When the baby was delivered, her umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck. Doctors mistakenly inserted an air tube into her stomach, rather than her lungs. These mistakes lead to the girl’s brain damage, according to Livingston.

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Elderly woman’s golf cart-caused death focus of lawsuit

The estate of an 88-year-old woman have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a casino, claiming the woman was wrongfully killed when she was struck with a golf cart by an employee.

Virginia Armon of Peru was killed at Jumer’s Casino Rock Island in Illinois on June 19, 2009, when she was hit by a golf cart, according to WQAD.

The lawsuit claims that the casino is responsible for the woman’s death because the employee was driving too fast and failed to properly warn Armon that the vehicle was approaching her.

In addition, the lawsuit, which is seeking at least $100,000, claims that the casino did not properly train the driver.

The employee who struck Armon with the cart has not been charged with a crime.

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Texas high court rules hospital fall governed by medical malpractice rules

The Texas Supreme Court recently ruled that the awards limit that is imposed on medical malpractice lawsuits in the state can be applied to virtually any lawsuit regarding an injury occurring in a hospital.

Irving Marks was at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in Houston recovering from back surgery in 2000 when he fell, according to the Texas Tribune. Marks claims that a broken footboard on his bed in the hospital caused his fall.

Marks believes that he should be entitled to unlimited damages because he claimed premises liability in his lawsuit. However, the hospital contended that the incident involved medical care and therefore should fall under the state’s medical malpractice law, which caps damages for pain and suffering at $250,000, reports the news source.

The state’s Supreme Court voted 5-4 to reverse a lower courts ruling, putting Marks’ claim under the medical malpractice rules.

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