The Myrtle Beach Police Department was busy this Memorial Day Weekend. Not only did they have to handle the hordes of visitors who came to the city for the Atlantic Beach Bikefest Rally, they also had to investigate the 8 shooting incidents that took place during a 48 hour time span.
According to Myrtle Beach Chief Police Warren Gall, this Memorial Weekend represented the most violent span of days he’s ever experienced as a law enforcement official.
It’s the belief of City Spokesman Mark Kruea that the reason for the intense violence was the sheer number of people who were in town for the Rally. “The rallies, because of their size and length, have traditionally resulted in higher crime and/or fatality numbers during the three weeks in May when they occur, and that’s been the case since the mid-1990s. That’s one of the major reasons the city said ‘no thanks’ to the huge rallies back in 2009, but as you can see, turning the ship around takes a while,”
The first reported shooting took place early Saturday morning near 7th Avenue North and Ocean Boul. Officers who were in the area, approached a vehicle that held four people and saw a weapon on the floorboards. The man who claimed ownership of the weapons was arrested and charged with weapons law violations.
The next incident occurred on Ocean Boulevard near 7th Avenue North. The victims were a man and a woman. She sustained a bullet wound to the chin, while his shoulder was shot. No suspects were arrested.
When the responded to a call about gun shots being fired at Fountainbleau Inn on Flagg Street and 7th Avenue North, officer found a victim who’d been shot in the leg, but were unable to convince the victim to answer any questions that would lead to the arrest of the shooter.
A Polynesian Hotel security guard contacted the police after he heard gunshots in one of the hotel rooms. Witnesses provided the police with a description of the alleged shooter who fled the hotel by jumping out a window and onto a first floor awning.
When police responded to a report of gunshots on Ocean Boulevard near Sixth Avenue South, they found a single victim who’d been shot multiple times.
Three people were reported dead while another one was treated for gunshot wounds following a fight and shooting that took place at Bermuda Sands Motel. Police are looking for two suspects who fled the hotel before the police were able to reach the scene.
A call to 606 North Kings Highway involved four people who were the victims of an armed robbery.
The final incident took place at 1600 South Ocean Boulevard. The incident involved two individuals who sustained bullet wounds and had to be brought to the hospital for treatment.
“I’m horrified by the events that took place over what should have been a fun weekend,” said Joseph Sandefur, managing partner of a top personal injury firm with an office headquartered in Myrtle Beach. “If the city wants to continue hosting such large events, they need to look into ways of doing so that don’t involve people getting hurt.”
If you sustained an injury during a crime, visit joeandmartin.com/myrtle-beach/.
The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals made a ruling that now makes it possible for cruise line medical staff to be named as defendants in medical malpractice suits.
The death of retired New York City policeman, Pasquale Vaglio, was the catalyst that brought this particular issue to the civil court system.
Vaglio was 82 years old when he decided to take a cruise and do some sightseeing in Bermuda. Shortly after the ship, Royal Caribbean’s “Explorer of the Seas,” set sail, Vaglio had an accident that resulted in him striking his head. He sought out the ship’s nurse who did a quick examination during which she made note of both a scrape and a bump on his head. She than proceeded to send him to his cabin with orders to rest.
She should have made arrangements to run a diagnostic scan. It turned out that this was terrible advice. Unbeknownst to the nurse, Vaglio’s injury was actually a concussion, a condition that would quickly result in his death.
Until now, it would have been impossible for Vaglio’s family to win a medical malpractice lawsuit against the ship’s medical staff despite their misdiagnosis which resulted in a wrongful death because of exemptions, often referred to as Barbetta, created in earlier court cases, some of which happened over one hundred years ago.
Whenever the issues of medical malpractice was raised, cruise ship lines have always maintained that passengers can’t reasonably expect to receive the same type of medical treatment while on the cruise that they’d receive at home. The other issue is that the way the cruise ship lines manage their medical staff means that their medical team aren’t employees but actually private contractors and therefore not under the direct control of the cruise ship.
The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has now made a ruling that means the old Barbetta exemptions are no longer valid and that the medical staff on the ship can be held accountable fr their actions.
Circuit Judge Stanley Marcus explained the rationale behind the decision. “We can discern no sound reason in law to carve out a special exemption for all acts of onboard medical negligence. Much has changed in the quarter-century since Barbetta.”
Pasquale Vaglio’s family feels the court made the right decision.
“What we didn’t realize until this happened was that they have zero liability,” Pasquale’s son, Joseph Vaglio, a New York pharmacist, said. “There is no way they should be getting away with this. They are making money hand over fist. Part of their cost of doing business should be to have a competent medical staff.”
Joe and Martin managing partner of The Law Firm with an office headquartered in South Carolina feels the Court of Appeal made the right decision. “It’s ludicrous that medical professionals shouldn’t be held responsible for their actions and mistakes. They’re trained professionals. If they can’t do their job correctly even when they’re in a large, fully stocked ship than they probably should reconsider their career choices.”
When a doctor makes a mistake in diagnosis or treatment, it raises a number of concerns, first and foremost being the well-being of the patient and the impact of the error on his or her condition. Eventually, the incident may raise a different sort of red flag.
If one of your loved ones suffered a wrongful death as the result of a medical mistake, contact us and learn more about the legal options available to you.
When the Roslyn Boys & Girls Club Carnival came to Montgomery County, no one imagined that before the night ended, a group of girls would gang up on one in a fight that sent to the victim to the local hospital with severe injuries. Abington Police responded to reports of the fight which they say took place at about 10 p.m. on that Saturday night in Crestmont Park.
After interviewing witnesses and speaking to the girls involved, police feel that the fight started when two girls who knew one another got into an argument. Before long, additional girls joined in and assaulted the victim.
The victim’s aunt reported that she’d known that tensions were running high between the girls and that prior to the fight, her niece had been threatened, though she didn’t know the reason behind the argument.
“That girl was making threats for a while now and had people my niece didn’t know making threats. This wasn’t over a boy. It was over nothing. This is what people need to hear about because these girls just have nothing to lose and feel like they have something to prove.”
Abington Memorial Hospital has taken over the medical care for the victim who is suffering from bruises, abrasions, and additional injuries. Meanwhile, the police are looking for other girls who were involved in the altercation. It’s believed that all the girls involved were under 18 years of age.
“Kids don’t seem to understand how this kind of behavior will haunt them for the rest of their lives,” said California personal injury attorney Drew Warren. “It’s up to parents, teachers, and the legal system to help this group of girls understand that they need to find a different way of dealing with their problems, otherwise, they could easily do something even worse than ganging up on one of their own at a local carnival.”
It doesn’t matter if it’s a middle aged gentleman in the bar, or a group of teenage girls who are irritated with one another while at a small town carnival, assaulting another is never acceptable behavior. When someone forgets that, they will find themselves facing legal and even financial repercussions.
It’s likely that the district attorney will begin legal proceedings against the girls who started to the fights, as well as the ones who jumped in once the fight was underway. It’s also in the best interest of the victim and her loved ones to look into the possibility of filing a personal injury lawsuit against the ones who put her in the hospital. If she wins the personal injury case, she’ll be able to cover the medical expenses connected to the fight and should also receive some monetary settlement to help her deal with the pain and suffering she experienced during and after the fight.
Since her attackers were under 18, their parents could also be named as defendants in the personal injury claim.
Doctors frequently use the antibiotic Levaquin when treating a patient’s bacterial infection. This drug is a popular choice to treat conditions like pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections, bladder infections, and severe skin infections. According to rxinjuryhelp.com, the drug first gained approval from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 1996 and quickly became one of the most popular medications in its class. In 2011, it was estimated that Levaquin garnered more than $1.3 billion in annual sales. However, not everyone was happy with the popular antibiotic. The drug is known to cause devastating side effects.
Levaquin has been repeatedly linked to ruptured tendons, which has prompted many lawsuits to be filed against drug companies, including Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development and Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc. Many of the plaintiffs who filed lawsuits claim the company didn’t issue a strong enough warning regarding how severe the antibiotic’s side effects could be.
Levaquin is part of drug class that’s classified as fluoroquinolones. In 2008, after receiving many complaints, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ruled that these types of drugs had to carry specific warnings about the fact that the antibiotic increased the risk of tendon rupture, peripheral neuropathy, and retinal detachment. Elderly patients and patients who were also using steroids a part of their medical treatment were at a higher risk of ruptured tendons.
John Schedin won his case against Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals in 2010 after his Achilles tendons were injured as a result of his Levaquin use. The Minneapolis jury that heard the details of the court case awarded Schedin with $1.7 million for actual and punitive damages.
There continues to be new Levaquin lawsuits filed each month. In 2013 there were 1,879 cases in Minnesota. At the time, 1,182 of the cases had already been settled with 153 still in the settlement negotiation stage. At the same time, New Jersey reported having 1,228 similar active cases on file.
If you are a patient that was prescribed Levaquin and you are now experiencing health problems, take time to seek legal advice as soon as possible. The sooner you do, the sooner legal proceedings can begin and you’ll receive the compensation you deserve. Settlements are often available to cover:
- Reimbursement of medical bills
- Recouping wages lost as a result of the side effects
- Compensation for pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- The funds to enable them to be financial secure despite living with a permanent disability
No matter which part of the country you live in, there are lawyers who have the experience and resources needed to help you with a Levaquin lawsuit. The best thing you can do for yourself is touching base with one and receiving a free legal evaluation. The website rxinjuryhelp.com is an excellent reference to learn more about how to take legal action. The website will provide you with detailed information about current Levaquin lawsuits, the legal process, and how you can lay the groundwork for the settlement you deserve.
No one deserves to be a victim of drug related injuries, but far too often the medications that are supposed to heal actually cause more damage. If you’ve been prescribed Levaquin and experienced severe side effects, take time to contact a lawyer today.
A high speed crash left two dead this week in Alexandria. According to police reports, 28-year-old Antonio Badie was driving at a reckless 90 miles per hour when he lost control of his car and hit a curb. The Honda sailed across a lawn and through a fence and eventually landed in a nearby home’s dining room.
Witnesses described the horrific accident later to police. “The car involved in the accident was coming down the hill and it seems he was speeding, going about 90 miles per hour,” Yesenia Henriquez recounted. “As he was coming down the hill, he lost control of the car and started rolling down the hill and he went into one of the houses’ backyard, knocked over the fire hydrant and ended up in the neighbor’s house through the kitchen window.”
When emergency workers arrived on the scene, the driver was sent to the hospital where he later died. His passenger was already deceased by the time police arrived. Investigators say the Honda had been reported as stolen two weeks ago.
Thankfully, no one was home when the car came barreling through the window. The homeowners were at church when the accident occurred. Strangely, neighbors report that this is the third incident when a car has hit the home over the past year. Police are continuing an investigation into the accident. Preliminary reports revealed that investigators found marijuana and a gun inside the vehicle, but authorities are awaiting an autopsy and toxicology reports to determine whether the driver was impaired at the time of the accident.
The road where the accident occurred is always busy with 9400 cars traveling that route daily according to the Virginia Department of Transportation. There have been four crashes reported on the road over the past five years.
Sadly, 57 percent of car accident deaths occur in single vehicle crashes. Hawaii and Montana have the highest proportion of deaths with 69 percent related to single vehicle accidents.
If you are hurt in a car crash, take action quickly to seek help from attorneys. In Tampa, personal injury attorneys are available to offer assistance to victims after a car accident. When your body is trying to heal from a crash, the last thing you want to think about it finances and insurance so a personal injury attorney in Tampa will handle all of the paperwork for you.
You will get the settlement you deserve when you have an experienced personal injury attorney fighting on your side. In situations like the accident in Alexandria, innocent bystanders face major property damage following a car accident. Tampa’s top attorneys can help you recoup your losses and insure that your property repairs are fully covered.
You don’t have to fight alone. Contact a Tampa personal injury attorney today 1-800-225-5564 for a free initial consultation. Find out how an attorney can help you get the settlement you deserve without the hassle of navigating the legal system alone.
Any letter from the IRS may make your heart skip a beat, but we’re here to tell you that not all IRS correspondence is created equally. Some letters may just serve to inform you that Uncle Sam has received your tax documents and you’re good in his eyes. Others may require immediate attention and the aid of a qualified U.S. tax attorney or tax relief specialist. Here’s a list of some of the IRS’s favorite notices and how each should be dealt with. If you’re unsure of how to deal with a notice, make sure to contact a trustworthy tax law firm immediately as many letters are time sensitive.
Before digging in, let’s take a moment to discuss what a genuine IRS letter looks like. If you are receiving correspondence from the “IRS” via email or social media informing you that you owe money or have a tax lien, disregard it! The IRS will not contact you via email or social media, however scammers will. You can report phishing here. A genuine letter from the IRS will arrive in the mail in an official IRS envelope. The letter will be on IRS letterhead and have a form number that can be checked on the IRS website.
Now that you know you’ve received a genuine letter from the IRS, make sure to the read it carefully. All letters will tell you how to deal with them and what information the IRS may need from you.
Change in Refund
If your refund is larger or smaller than what you claimed on your tax forms, the IRS will send you a letter informing you of this. While most people won’t argue if the government is telling them they’re getting more money back, the letter will have information of the appeals process if you’ve been told you’re receiving less money than you thought you were. Pay attention to the deadlines they set and the date on the letter. Promptly send any information for an appeal to the IRS via certified mail and retain the receipts and originals.
Change on Tax Forms
Oops! The IRS has found a mistake on your 1040 or other form! If you agree a mistake was made and the IRS has properly corrected it, then congratulations, you don’t have to do anything. If, however, you disagree with the mistake, carefully read the appeals process and check the dates. If the mistake is something that could have repercussions for you or your business, check with a tax relief attorney as soon as possible so all paperwork can be completed in a timely fashion.
After checking the tax forms filed by your employers, the IRS believes you have underreported your income. Check your 1040, W-2s, 1099s, and K-1s for any errors and respond to the IRS as soon as possible. If there was an error, send in the correct information. If there was not an error, follow the appeal process.
Uncle Sam fears you’re shorting him. He is now requesting his fair shake. First, double check your forms and look for any errors. If your tax bill is exorbitant or something just doesn’t feel right, contact a tax law firm immediately as the IRS has strict deadlines.
Failure to File Taxes
Hey, did you forget about April 15th? Uncle Sam and the IRS are wondering why you haven’t been filing your taxes. Perhaps the last batch of tax forms got lost in the mail or maybe it slipped your mind, regardless you’ll need to pay catch up. A tax relief service may be able to help you reconcile your issues with Uncle Sam and get you back on good footing with the IRS.
There are plenty of reasons the IRS may contact you. Make sure you read and reread any correspondence carefully. Keep your tax forms organized, as well as any correspondence with the IRS. Anything you send the IRS should be sent certified mail to ensure you have a receipt. Also, because the IRS loves its deadlines, contact a knowledgeable tax attorney immediately if you believe you need representation.