In 2008, Ellen Wadsworth woke up Thanksgiving morning with torturous pain in both of her feet. After arriving at a Georgia hospital, the doctor’s assistant claimed she had a skin infection called cellulitis and denied the diabetic woman entry to the hospital. Even after the woman and her son pleaded with medical staff for admittance to the hospital, they refused and told her to go home and ice one of her legs. Around midnight, the 61-year-old was found by her son, unconscious. He raced his mother back to the ER. It was then that doctors noticed blocked arteries in both
Simona Wilson was electrocuted by several surges of stray current while taking a shower in the comfort of her own home. The electric charges made their way through the shower head, which was installed not too long before. In 2007, Wilson’s Redondo Beach home was owned by the electric company, Southern California Edison, and located next to a substation. The home was used to house the employees of the electric company. When Wilson moved in to the home, she was not informed of the stray electrical currents. Close neighbors had encounters with the electric surges as well. They heard crackling
If you are reading this and you have lost a loved one, please accept our deepest condolences. There is absolutely no amount of money that can restore the life that was lost nor heal the pain that a survivor feels. Wrongful death claims are an attempt to hold the guilty accountable and compensate the survivors for financial and emotional losses. A wrongful death claim can be filed when a person’s death was caused by the wrongful act or negligence of another. Arizona law allows a surviving spouse, child, parent/guardian, or personal representative of the deceased person to bring a claim
Brian Fields has been working at Kids In Distress—a shelter for abused and neglected children— for 10 years. The 31-year-old was arrested for sexually assaulting one of the children living there on more than one occasion. Between December 26th and January 6th, Fields engaged in four sexual acts with a 15-year-old girl. Not only was the girl sexually assaulted by Fields, but just weeks earlier, she encountered the same situation with another employee named Brian Denby, who was arrested. Fields was fired from Kids In Distress and charged with 12 counts of indecent and salacious conduct with a child. He
Lynne Freeman, a mother of two young girls and a parent volunteer at University Schools, was found guilty of sexually assaulting two teenage boys who were friends with one of her daughters. Two boys had been watching a movie at the home when Freeman asked one of them to take the dog outside. The other thirteen-year-old boy was left behind with the mother. She told him to come with her, and took him upstairs to a closet. Once they were both inside, she locked the door. Freeman then touched the boy inappropriately. Another boy, age 16, also contacted police stating
Christopher Bacca, 26, was awarded with “teacher of the year” at Windy Hill Elementary in Jacksonville, Florida in 2012. However, he was fired after being accused of sexually abusing a student. School board member Tommy Hazouri stated, “What we’ve seen as a result of it is that while he was a good teacher, he certainly had a dark side to him… What happened was a parade of horribles that shouldn’t happen to any child.” Bacca was arrested and charged with sexual battery on a minor as well as indecent and lecherous behavior. If you or someone you know has been
Clarence Cepheus Taylor, a 37-year-old man working as an evening shift dorm aide, has been found guilty of wrongfully touching three adolescent female students at the Maryland School for the Deaf. These incidents occurred multiple times between 2008 and 2010. The three girls ranged from ages ten to thirteen. One girl finally told a teacher about her sexual abuse after realizing she wasn’t the only victim. When one girl was twelve and thirteen, Taylor would embrace her and allow his hand to inappropriately touch her. Another girl stated that when she was ten and twelve, she was victimized by Taylor
Here are three things you can do as a parent to prevent abuse of your child while at daycare. Do your homework when picking a daycare. Find out the licensing agency and research if there have ever been any issues. Figure out who will be around your child and ask for background checks. Get references and talk with others regarding their experiences with the daycare. Visit the facility while children are there to get a feel for how things are run. Your child’s safety is most important. Continue doing your homework. Even if it seems like you have found the
In January of 2008, Joyce Jacobs was standing at an intersection waiting to cross the street, when an out-of-service city bus made a left-hand turn running her over and killing her. After the bus driver saw that he ran over Jacobs, he called the city’s Regional Transit instead of calling the police. John Jacobs, Joyce’s husband, filed a wrongful death claim against the city asking for $9 million. Sacramento Regional Transit argued that Jacobs was in the middle of the street when the bus struck her, but the jury believed that she was in the lines of a crosswalk. The
12 veterans of the Oregon Army National Guard filed a lawsuit against KBR, the largest non-unionized construction company in the U.S., for exposing them to a toxin called hexavalent chromium during the Restore Iraqi Oil mission in 1993. U.S. and British soldiers were hired to guard a water treatment plant that was covered with the toxic chemical. Workers who breathe in the toxic chemical have an increased risk of developing lung cancer. One of the veterans is now confined to a wheelchair, and must breathe using an oxygen tank. The chemical can also cause damage to the eyes and skin
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