Car Accident Lawsuits & Settlements, December 2016

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Each year, more than 2 million Americans are involved in car accidents that result in death or serious injury. Here’s a look at a few recent personal injury lawsuits and settlements related to car accidents.

Lawsuit Filed Over “Ponderosa Jump” Deaths

A lawsuit has been filed over the deaths of two teenagers from Spokane Valley, Washington who were killed in an auto accident.

Both 15-year-olds were riding in the car of another teen who was driving over “the Ponderosa Jump,” a dip in the road which locals used to “catch air.” The car left the roadway and hit a tree, causing the deaths of the two passengers. The driver of the vehicle, who had been driving at least 70 mph in a 25 mph zone, had just received his license the day before the accident.

The lawsuit was filed against Spokane Valley and Spokane County, who allegedly knew of the dangerous road conditions.

San Bernardino County, Calif. Settles Crash Lawsuit for $3.75M

A lawsuit over the death of a man in a crash with a sheriff’s deputy on Twentynine Palms Highway in California has been settled.

San Bernardino County is set to pay $3.75 million to settle the lawsuit. According to court records, San Bernardino County’s insurance carrier provided $1.25 million, and the county government will pay the rest.

The lawsuit was filed by the man’s widow against the deputy involved in the accident, his employers, San Bernardino County, the Sheriff’s Department and the city of Twentynine Palms.

What to Do if You’ve Been in a Car Accident

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation.

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  • maximize the potential compensation you may receive
  • investigate all details of your accident and injuries
  • protect your rights as an accident victim

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Family of That ‘70s Show actress Suing Rehab Center for Wrongful Death

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Actress Lisa Robin Kelly, died last August after battling with drug and alcohol addiction. Kelly is most prominently known for her role of Laurie Foreman in the successful TV series, That ‘70s Show

Kelly’s family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Pax House LLC, the rehabilitation center where she was residing at the time of her death. The lawsuit was filed on June 9 on behalf of the Estate of Lisa Robin Kelly. The claims include ‘negligence resulting in wrongful death’. After an accidental overdose of unidentified drugs, Kelly reportedly died. Her husband supports the case, and believes the actress was neglected by the rehab facility. The documentation by the staff of when Kelly was last seen alive was several hours before she was discovered dead.

The troubled star seemed hopeful and confident leading up to her overdose. She was 43-years-old when she died in her sleep.

Wrongful Death Claims in Arizona

A wrongful death claim arises when the death of an individual is due to the legal fault of another person.  According to A.R.S. 12-611, when death is cause by a wrongful act, neglect, or default, the corporation or person liable could be charged with first or second degree manslaughter. A suit can be filed if the individual who passed would not have died during the act.

Who can file a wrongful death claim in AZ?

According to A.R.S. 12-612, a wrongful death claim can only be filed by specific survivors. These include:
-Legal representative
If the above does not apply, the estate of the deceased individual could file a claim. Wrongful death is a fairly new idea. It is not included in “common law,” but every state has a wrongful death law of some sort.

Top-Rated Wrongful Death Counsel in Arizona

The personal injury lawyers at JacksonWhite acknowledge the emotional and financial difficulty wrongful death situations. If you need help with a wrongful death case in Mesa, Chandler, Phoenix, Gilbert, or another AZ city, call JacksonWhite PI attorney Jared Everton to schedule a free consultation. Jared focuses his practice on helping individuals get the legal attention and compensation they deserve when it comes to injuries, wrongful deaths, disability and other areas. Call JacksonWhite Law today at (480) 648-8928 for your free consultation.


Ouch! Elementary Teacher Slapped with 1.7 Million Suit

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A former principal is being sued after allegedly beating a five-year-old elementary school pupil with a paddle, leaving him badly bruised and terrified to return to classes.

Elizabeth Boyd, ex-principal of the Sunbright Elementary School in Tennessee, is being sued for $1.7million by parents Sandra Hall and Jason Williams over the treatment of their son Lukas last year.

The couple said that although they had given verbal permission for their son to be gently swatted if he misbehaved, they claim Dr Boyd hit the boy eight times with a paddle because he had thrown some crayons.

If your child has been the victim of school abuse, contact Attorney Jared Everton.  Call (480) 648-8928 to schedule a free and confidential.


Business Student Sues L.A. Police Officers after Shattering her Jaw

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LA policeA woman is suing police officers after she fell out of a moving patrol car while handcuffed, shattering her jaw and suffering brain bleeding, it was revealed today.

Kim Nguyen, 28, filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles Police Department claiming that she was ejected from a moving patrol car.

Nguyen was arrested for public intoxication outside a Koreatown restaurant in Los Angeles in March and handcuffed.

Nguyen says that she shattered her jaw and had brain bleeding. She has had three surgeries on her jaw and lost several teeth.

Police patrol cars are fitted with special locks that prevent prisoners from falling or jumping out during transit.

If you or someone you know has been a victim of injury in Phoenix, contact Attorney Jared Everton.  He has years of experience representing those injured by another person’s negligence. Call (480) 648-8928 to schedule a free and confidential consultation.

How much is my injury worth?

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In today’s media world consumers are often misinformed. I regularly speak with negligence victims who have preconceived notions about what their case is worth. Everyone knows about the Macdonald’s coffee case. Everyone has a friend who got X amount of money for X injury. Unfortunately, neither the Macdonald’s case or the friend’s case can give much insight to the value of the victim’s case. There are many factors that play into what a person’s injury is worth. Ultimately, a case will settle for the amount the two parties agree on. Most all cases will settle prior to a trial. Many cases settle even before litigation. Litigation is expensive and can expose the injured client to even more damage

A phoenix injury attorney can give you a good idea as to what your claim is worth. A Phoenix injury attorney should be willing to discuss the potential value of your case without charging you for the conversation. Consulting an injury lawyer will be well worth your time. Lawyers read trial reporters which report the results of recent cases that have gone all the way through the trial process. With that information, the injury lawyer can give you the best idea of what an injury like yours is worth in your specific location. Case values do fluctuate depending on your geographic location.

If you’ve been a victim of an injury in Arizona, contact Jared Everton at (480) 648-8928.

I Fell and Was Hurt at a Phoenix Grocery Store.

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There is a saying in my profession…a good lawyer never loses a slip and fall case because a good lawyer never takes a slip and fall case. While that can represent reality in a lot of slip and fall cases, there is always the exception.

A grocery store or other business is responsible to make sure that their property is safe for their business invitees. When the grocery store knows or should have known there was a dangerous condition in their store and someone is injured due to that dangerous condition, they may be liable for the person’s injuries and damages.

Many issues must be considered when determining whether the grocery store is liable for the slip and fall accident. How long was the dangerous condition present? Did they have notice of the dangerous condition? What type of shoes was the person wearing? What were they carrying? These are a few of many considerations a slip and fall attorney will consider when deciding whether to pursue a case against the grocery store.

If you are a victim and have suffered an injury due to a stores negligence call an attorney. To schedule a FREE consultation with Phoenix personal injury lawyer Jared Everton, call (480) 648-8928.