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Important News About Personal Injury, Worker’s Compensation and Accidents

Staying up–to-date on the latest news relating to your personal injury, worker’s compensation or accident will help ensure that your legal rights are protected. Fortunately, you do not have to gather this information on your own. We have compiled several summaries of recent injuries and accidents in the news for your ease and convenience.

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  • Paralyzed Gymnast Gets $25.5 Million Settlement Shane Downey was a 23-year old gymnast. Downey attempted a series of tumbling that ended in a double backflip. Downey landed on his head and suffered a spinal cord injury, which resulted in quadriplegia.Downey sued the gymnastics facility for failing to properly supervise him while on the Tumbl Trak. A jury awarded Downey a $25.5 million verdict againt the facility.
  • S.C. Supreme Court Overturns $18 Million Verdict The South Carolina Supreme Court has overturned an $18 million verdict against Ford Motor Company. A Greenville County jury awarded the verdict to Sonya Watson and Patricia Carter after an accident in 1999 that left Carter dead and Watson paralyzed. The lawsuit claimed that Ford Motor Company's Ford Explorer's cruise control had acceloration problems that caused Watson's Explorer to "take-off" while driving down the interstate. The Supreme Court has also granted Ford a new trial.
  • Second Woman Dies After Head-On Collision Sybil Alston, 71, of North Charleston died on Tuesday after her Sedan collided with another vehicle head-on. Alstone was rushed to MUSC, where she later died from injuries. police are investigating the accident.
  • 7-Year Old Dies After Hit by Car Seven-year old Devonte Bonaparte died after he was hit by a car on Friday. The boy was playing in his yard in North Charleston, when he ran out into the road and was struck by a passing car. Bonaparte was rushed to MUSC where he later died. Police are investigating the accident, but no charges have been filed against the driver.
  • School Bus Collides with Car A Charleston County School bus with no children aboard collided with a car on Tuesday. The school bus driver was reportedly traveling the wrong direction on U.S. Highway 17. The accident occurred near Oakland Plantation and Laing Elementary School. The bus driver reportedly has a medical condition that causes erradic driving.
  • Woman Dies in Head-on Collision with Utility Truck Catherine Anderson of Bonneau, SC died Wednesday afternoon after a head on collision with a utility truck. The accident occured on Cainhoy Road. Anderson was pronounced dead at the scene and the utility driver had no major injuries. Both were reportedly wearing seat belts.
  • Man Dies While Trapped in Fiery Car A man died in a fiery accident in Lexington County, SC after his truck veered fromt he road and hit a tree. The accident occured around 11:55 p.m. last Thursday on N. Edisto Road. It is believed that speed was a factor in the accident. The man was trapped in his car when it burst into flames.
  • Man Sues TLC LASIK Eye Centers for $180 Million John Hollman of Beaufort, SC filed a lawsuit against TLC LASIK Centers for $180 million. He claims that that centers performed lasik procedures on patients who had pre-existing conditions and, thus, not candidates at all. His attorneys have ask the federal court for class action status.
  • AAA Ranks Charleston County #1 for Car Accidents AAA has found Charleston County to be #1 for car accidents in South Carolina. They also found that fatal accidents were more likely to occur in rural areas. These findings were based on their analysis of 2008 crash statistics in the state. Calhoun County was found to be the safest county for car accidents in the state.

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