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West Virginia Truck Accidents Caused By Snow and Ice

Truck drivers who cross state lines encounter different rules and regulations and must be aware of state-specific laws. One big issue that arises for truckers during the winter is laws on clearing the accumulation of snow and ice that can form on a truck. When snow and ice forms on a truck, this creates a risk of truck accidents because it can fly off as a trucker drives. Other vehicles or pedestrians could be hurt or even killed if the snow and ice affects their visibility or causes them to lose control of their own vehicles.

Trucking Laws on Clearing Snow and Ice

Penske cautions truckers on the importance of knowing the rules for snow and ice accumulation removal across different states.  There are several states which already require removal and impose fines for failure, while other states – including some that neighbor West Virginia – are currently in the process of considering laws. For example, Trucking Info reported  on pending legislation in Pennsylvania imposing an affirmative responsibility for removal of snow accumulation on any trucks above 48,000 pounds. Under this proposed law, if a trucker fails to remove snow and ice, police could pull the driver over and impose a fine between $25 and $75 even if no snow or ice actually falls off the truck. If snow or ice does fall off and causes serious bodily injury or death, the trucker could be fined between $200 and $1,000.

Many truckers are concerned about states increasingly cracking down on the removal of snow and ice. There are several problems for truckers. One issue is the time it can take to remove snow and ice, which can be difficult if there are pressing deliveries to be made and a schedule to be kept. Another problem is the difficulty of actually removing the snow and ice. The tops of tractor trailers are fiberglass and walking on them is not possible. The tops can also become scratched easily during the snow removal process, making damage a real possibility.  Dedicated snow removers exist, but Penske indicates these are prohibitively expensive for many truck drivers.  Some truckers go to truck washes to try to remove snow and ice, but this is not always effective at getting off all accumulations.

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Recht Law Offices 3405 Main St Weirton, WV 26062-4505 Phone: 1-304-748-5850

Signs of Sexual Abuse in Nursing Homes in Birmingham

Many people have become aware nursing home abuse is a common problem and know they need to look for signs of abuse when visiting friends or relatives in a nursing care facility. The problem, however, is people focus primarily on physical abuse or neglect. While physical abuse like hitting, burning, or pushing is very common, and while neglect is also a prime risk in nursing homes, there are other types of abusive behavior as well. One often-overlooked type of abuse is sexual abuse.

Everyone needs to be aware of the very real threat nursing home residents face of this type of abuse and must be watchful for signs sexual abuse is occurring.

Watching for Signs of Sexual Abuse in Nursing Homes

Long-Term Living reported on one recent case in which an operator of a nursing home lost his license after an investigation into sexual abuse.

The abuse began in mid-January of 2015, when a housekeeper observed a male resident of the nursing home standing over a female resident. The male resident of the nursing facility had his pants down and was forcing the female resident to touch his genitals. The incident was reported by the housekeeper to the Director of Nursing Services, but the report was dismissed as consensual sexual activity between two different residents with dementia. The Director said unless and until the man crossed the line, nothing could be done.

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Shuttlesworth Lasseter, LLC 19 Richard Arrington, Jr. Blvd., North Birmingham, AL 35203

Who Can Be Held Responsible for Laredo Truck Accidents?

Almost 4,000 people lost their lives in truck accidents in the United States in 2012. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) also indicated another 104,000 motorists were hurt because of involvement in a crash with a truck. Many victims of truck accidents experience costly medical bills and some have their careers derailed due to their injuries. Family members face both emotional and financial devastation following fatal truck accidents.

Victims of truck collisions and surviving family members need to know who can be held accountable for their losses.

Who Can Be Held Responsible for Truck Accidents?

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 70 percent of people killed in truck accidents are in other passenger cars, rather than in the truck.  These victims will need to determine if any of the truck driver’s actions were the cause of the truck crash. If a trucker was unreasonably careless, violated state laws, or violated any Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs), this could result in a truck driver being held liable for collision losses.  Victims can pursue a case against the truck driver and recover compensation through a negotiated settlement or a jury’s verdict in a personal injury or wrongful death civil suit.

Filing a claim against the trucker may not be the only choice for victims, and it’s rarely the best choice.  Trucking companies have much more money and much broader insurance coverage than individual truck drivers. As a result, victims may wish to hold the trucking company liable for accident damages.

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2620 San Bernardo Ave Laredo, TX 78040 Phone: 866-465-9093 Local: 956-718-2300

Whistleblower to Collect $59 Million for Exposing Medicaid Fraud

A Louisiana doctor filed a whistleblower lawsuit against Pfizer claiming the pharmaceutical company was overcharging Medicaid for a heartburn medication called Protonix. According to FiercePharma, Pfizer agreed to settle the Medicaid fraud claim and will pay $784 million.

This significant sum, which was improperly paid to Pfizer, will be returned to taxpayers thanks to the doctor who stepped forward and filed a qui tam lawsuit.

Qui tam lawsuits encourage whistleblowers to file litigation if they suspect fraud against the government. Under the False Claims Act, which makes qui tam lawsuits possible, whistleblowers are rewarded for speaking out. They get to keep part of the money the government is able to recover through settlements or court verdicts. The doctor who filed the lawsuit in this case will collect $59 million.

Whistleblower Reaps Rewards for Bringing Fraud to Light

Pfizer in 2009 acquired a company called Wyeth, which was the actual maker of the Protonix heartburn medication. The acquisition effectively made Pfizer responsible for paying the settlement. Wyeth reportedly gave rebates and discounts to private payers but allegedly failed to provide the same price discounts to Medicaid programs as required by law. Wyeth allegedly overcharged the government for its heartburn medication between 2001 and 2006.

Medicaid, a government program that provides health insurance coverage for low income individuals, is perpetually under financial strain. The program cannot afford to be overcharged for medications, or to pay higher prices for drugs than private insurers. Wyeth wasted taxpayer money by allegedly failing to offer the required discounts, forcing the government to overpay. Fortunately, the actions of the Louisiana doctor have allowed for recovery of some of the misspent money. This means more Medicaid funds are put back into the coffers to provide help to those who need it.

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Brewer & Pritchard, P.C. Three Riverway, 18th Floor Houston, TX 77056 Toll Free: (800) 445-8710 Local: (713) 209-2950

How Federal Rules Affect Victim’s Rights After Cleveland Truck Accidents

Truck accidents in Cleveland are often among the most serious collisions which occur. When an accident happens and a victim sustains injuries, the victim of the truck accident needs to understand what his rights are to pursue an injury case. One of the most important things which truck crash victims need to be aware of is there are federal rules which can affect how their case is resolved.

Federal Rules Affect Truck Accident Victim’s Rights

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) affect many aspects of how trucking companies are operated and of how trucking companies do their jobs. These regulations address truck maintenance, driver qualifications, loading requirements, truck inspection requirements, and even the number of hours which truckers can be on duty before needing to take a rest. The rules are safety regulations intended to protect motorists and prevent truck crashes.

This matters because when safety regulations are violated, this can create a presumption of negligence. In a typical injury case when a car accident happens, victims have the legal burden of proving their crash was caused by another driver’s negligence if the victim wishes to recover compensation for losses.  Victims may have to convince a jury about what a reasonable driver would have done, and then show how the driver fell short.  When a safety rule is violated and a presumption of negligence is created, however, then the victim only has to convince the jury about the breached safety rule to show the other driver should be held liable.

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Landskroner Grieco Merriman, LLC 1360 W. 9th St. #200 Cleveland, OH 44113 Local: (216) 522-9000

Fairfield County Truck Accidents: Three Common Types

In 2012, 330,000 trucks were involved in accidents, leading to 104,000 injuries. In total, there were 3,921 people killed in truck accidents according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  These accidents occurred in many different ways. However, three especially deadly types of truck accidents include rollover crashes, underride accidents, and jackknife accidents.

Truck drivers need to be aware of the risks of all accident types, especially collisions in which trucks roll over, tractor trailers jackknife, and cars slide under trucks. If drivers take steps to prevent these and other crashes from occurring, thousands of lives will be saved.

Preventing Three Common Types of Crashes

Underride accidents could be prevented if the proper safety equipment was used. There should be effective side guards and effective rear guards to stop cars from sliding underneath trucks when accidents happen. Unfortunately, guards that are mandated on the back of trucks to stop underride accidents do not always work as they should. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reported on a study of 1,000 truck crashes which found that only 22 percent of truck crashes in which a car hit the back of a truck didn’t involve underride.  Out of the 1,000 crashes studied, 28 were deadly accidents. In these fatal crashes, 23 of the collisions involved cars sliding under trucks.  Better safety equipment could prevent all this from happening.

Rollover accidents can be prevented by drivers loading their trucks correctly and maintaining control of their vehicles by going slowly, especially around curves. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates unbalanced loads and the top-heavy nature of trucks contribute to causing rollover accidents. This is an especially big problem if trucks take curves too fast.  As a truck goes around a curve, the centrifugal force causes it to try to lean away from the curving direction, which can lead it to tip over.  Truck rollover accidents were found in the NHTSA paper to account for about 35 percent of deadly truck accidents, even though only around 18 percent of total truck accidents were rollover collisions.

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How Federal Laws Could Increase Louisville Truck Accidents

In Kentucky, there are state laws in effect which impose rest and meal break requirements applicable to truckers driving within the state. For example, truckers are entitled to a break for 10 minutes for every four hours worked. Kentucky is one of 22 states which imposes additional laws on break time for truckers above-and-beyond what the federal regulations require.

The federal government, however, is trying to make it impossible for states to impose stricter rules on truck driver breaks than the regulations set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The Richmond Times Dispatch reported on the new federal efforts to undermine state trucking safety laws.

Federal Laws Could Increase Truck Accidents

Federal lawmakers are trying to insert language affecting trucker breaks into an unrelated aviation bill. The goal is to quietly get the rules changed to preempt state laws and prevent them from imposing additional requirements related to giving truckers break time. Lawmakers tried previously to insert the same language in a transportation bill, but the language was removed during negotiations surrounding the bill.

If lawmakers are successful, this will not be the first time in recent history that federal lawmakers have inserted a provision into an unrelated bill which affected protections afforded to truckers, resulting in a potential increase in Kentucky truck accidents. In December 2015, the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act also passed with language related to trucking laws, even though the bill was a must-pass piece of budget legislation which should not have had any effect on trucking safety laws.

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Whaley Law Firm 436 South 7th St #302, Louisville, KY 40203 Toll free: 866-703-7575 Local: 502-583-4022

Preventing Three Dangerous Types of Oregon Truck Accidents

Truck drivers are expected to exercise reasonable caution to prevent truck accidents in Oregon. Unfortunately, accidents can and do happen in spite of that expectation. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported there were 330,000 large trucks involved in accidents nationwide over the course of 2012. Truck drivers should be following the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs), other rules of the road, and best practices for safety to try to avoid all types of truck collisions.

Accidents, however, unfortunately will continue to happen. While trucks can become involved in many different kinds of accidents, there are three common types of truck crashes that often cause serious injuries and deaths.

Three Common and Dangerous Types of Oregon Truck Accidents

Three of the most common types of truck accidents include:

  • Rollover truck accidents. Trucks are top heavy, which makes a rollover more likely. Unbalanced loads can exacerbate the risk, as can worn brakes.  Rollover accidents make up about 18 percent of truck accidents according to one paper published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  The death rate is disproportionally high compared with the total percentage of rollover accidents. About 35 percent of deadly truck accidents involve a rollover.
  • Underride accidents. Underride accidents happen because trucks are higher than surrounding cars. When a collision occurs, surrounding cars can actually get forced under the truck. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) warns that side and rear guards aren’t as effective as they should be for stopping underride accidents. In 23 out of 28 deadly truck accidents included in one study, there was significant underride, so much more needs to be done to protect the public.  As many as 432 people die on average each year because of underride accidents and around another 5,000 get hurt when their cars go under trucks.
  • Jackknife accidents. Wikihow indicates this type of crash starts with a skid. The trailer pushes out from behind the tractor as part of the skid, spinning and hitting the tractor and causing loss of control of the vehicle.

There are things that truck drivers should be doing to prevent these three common types of serious truck crashes.  Maintaining and loading the truck properly are two of the most important steps to prevent these types of accidents. Unbalanced loads contribute to the risk of a truck rolling over, while problems with the brakes can contribute to both rollover and jackknife accidents.

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Zbinden & Curtis, Attorneys at Law 817 NE Broadway St. Portland, OR 97232 Phone: 1-503-287-5000

Charleston Truck Accident Risks & Federal Laws

Laws passed to regulate the trucking industry should have one primary aim: the prevention of South Carolina trucking accidents. Unfortunately, at the federal level, some of the recent rules which were passed and new rules being considered could actually have the opposite effect. Instead of reducing the risk of truck accidents occurring, these new rules could actually make it more likely truck accidents will happen.

New Federal Rules Are Reducing Protections for Truck Drivers

When the federal transportation bill was proposed by federal lawmakers, it included language would was designed to pre-empt state laws in states where truckers were required to have more meal breaks and rest breaks than under federal law. There are currently 22 different states throughout the country where the local rules impose stricter requirements for meal and rest breaks than federal regulations do. The language in the transportation bill would have put an end to states providing this additional protection.

Safety advocates naturally objected and, in a compromise negotiation, the language was removed from the transportation bill so states would be able to continue imposing rules providing more break time for truckers. Now, however, Richmond Times Dispatch indicates the same language has found its way into an otherwise unrelated aviation bill.  Lawmakers are trying to quietly force the passage of the rule which would strip states of their autonomy to try to make their roads safer by giving more protection to truck drivers who want to stop for a rest and a meal.

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The Wappoo Centre 147 Wappoo Creek Drive # 202 Charleston, SC 29412 Phone : 843-795-9500

How Federal Rules Affect Buffalo Truck Accidents

When truck accidents in Buffalo occur, it is very often not the person who is in the truck who gets hurt in the incident. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) indicated the victim who is killed in a deadly truck accident case is outside the truck and in a different passenger vehicle 70 percent of the time.

Whenever a victim is injured or killed in a collision involving the truck, the victim needs to know his rights. There are federal rules, called Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) which can have a profound impact on how a collision victim’s case goes against a trucker or trucking company.

How Federal Rules Affect Buffalo Truck Accident Cases

In a typical Buffalo car accident, the victim of the crash has the opportunity to sue a driver who caused the accident provided the victim’s injuries are more serious than would be covered by NY’s no fault insurance. Victims have to prove the other motorist was negligent, which is usually done by showing the driver was unreasonably careless.

Victims who sue will recover compensation paid by the insurer of the careless driver. Drivers have to buy $25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident in liability coverage. As a result, insurers pay out a maximum of $25,000 to each injured person and a maximum of $50,000 total to all victims of a particular accident if the driver who caused the crash only had minimum coverage. Victims need to take insurance policy limits into account when deciding whether to settle because insurers don’t pay more than policy limits.

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James Morris Law Offices 350 Main Street, Suite 2405 Buffalo, New York 14202 Toll Free: 800-477-9044

Prevention of Altoona Truck Crashes Through More Efficient Regulation

Federal regulations are not doing enough to prevent truck collisions in Pennsylvania. This is the claim made by many safety advocates, according to Consumer Affairs. One such safety advocacy group, AnnaLeaha and Mary for Truck Safety, was formed after two sisters were killed in a truck collision which could perhaps have been prevented if National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) had heeded warnings about the inadequacy of underride prevention efforts. truck-5-1478004

In the first nine months of 2015, there was almost a 10 percent rise in car accident fatalities compared with in 2014. As the number of deaths on U.S. roads rises, it has become more important than ever for federal regulators to do a better job imposing rules which are aimed at making trucks and other vehicles safer and imposing rules aimed at changing dangerous driving behaviors. With stricter regulations, particularly to prevent truck accidents, thousands of lives could be saved.

Regulators Must be More Efficient in Preventing Truck Accidents

The organization, AnnaLeaha and Mary for Truck Safety, was formed after a motor vehicle collision in which a truck driver allegedly had been on the road for too long. The driver’s tractor trailer hit the vehicle with the sisters and their car was forced underneath the truck.

Underride guards could have stopped this from happening.  For more than a decade, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety had been alerting National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to the fact there were inadequate requirements in place to ensure the proper safety equipment was used to prevent cars from going under trucks. Cars can get under trucks in collisions from either the back or from the side.

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Law Offices of Marcus & Mack 334 Budfield St #132 Johnstown, PA 15904 Phone: 814-539-3213

Gas Line Risks For Philadelphia Workers

Workers on construction sites are frequently required to dig under the ground and are frequently required to use heavy machinery when remodeling or erecting a building. Unfortunately, whenever digging is occurring, there is a risk a gas line will be punctured.  Gas companies and municipalities are supposed to provide information on where gas lines are located. Unfortunately, sometimes maps and information are old or outdated or inaccurate or unavailable. This means there is always a serious risk of injuries occurring due to punctures or problems with the gas line.>

When a gas line is damaged, a fire can erupt and a worker could be badly burned or killed. Punctures to gas lines can also result in workers breathing in toxins which can make them sick. Victims or their families can pursue a Pennsylvania workers’ compensation claim for both injuries and illnesses which result from problems with gas lines encountered on-the-job.

Gas Line Risks a Big Problem for Philadelphia Workers

Issues with gas lines have become very common, especially in cities like Philadelphia where much of the infrastructure may be getting older. Philadelphia has some similarities to NY in terms of the risks of gas lines and just recently New York Post reported on workers who encountered a high pressure gas line when using a drilling rig.

According to the New York Post, there were 40 workers on the worksite when the drilling rig hit the high pressure gas line. The workers smelled the gas when the line was hit and were able to flee and escape the area.  It was fortunate they were able to get away quickly from the location where the line was hit because “a geyser of flame” erupted. The flame was fortunately contained in the drilling rig and only one worker sustained a minor injury at the scene.

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Law Offices Of Richard A. Jaffe, LLC 1500 John F. Kennedy Blvd. #1922 Philadelphia, PA 19102

Hartford Truck Drivers Should Focus on Preventing These 3 Crash Types

According to the New Haven Register, a Connecticut truck driver was killed recently when he lost control of his vehicle in the thruway and the truck rolled over. Tragically, rollover accidents like this one are disproportionately likely to be deadly. A paper published by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicated approximately 18 percent of collisions with large trucks are rollover accidents. A much higher percentage of deadly truck crashes- 35 percent- are classified as rollover collisions. Both truckers and those in passenger vehicles surrounding a rolled over truck are in grave danger of serious injuries or death when a truck rolls over.

Rollover truck accidents in Connecticut often happen when truckers go too quickly, especially when navigating their vehicle around a curve.  Rollover risks can also be exacerbated if a trucker has not loaded his vehicle carefully and balanced the load correctly. The higher center of gravity and top-heavy nature of commercial trucks makes these vehicles more likely to rollover, and going too fast or having an unbalanced load makes the risk even worse. Truck drivers need to be aware that rollover accidents are such a common cause of deadly crashes and need to take steps to try to prevent collisions from occurring.

Focus on Preventing Common Types of Truck Crashes

Rollover collisions are one of three common types of accidents that disproportionately occur when trucks are involved in car accidents. Two other types of accidents– underride accidents and jackknife accidents- generally only occur when a truck is involved.

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Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone and Morelli 376 Whalley Avenue New Haven, CT 06511 Ph: 203-498-1985

Preventing Harrisburg Truck Accidents by Mandating Snow Removal

In Pennsylvania, truck drivers may soon have more responsibilities for the removal of snow and ice from atop their big rigs.  Pennsylvania Senate Bill 94 would impose an affirmative responsibility on truckers with vehicles weighing 48,000 pounds or more. Truckers would have to take steps to remove accumulated snow and ice. If they failed to do so, police could pull them over and fine them between $25 and $75 per occurrence even if no snow or ice came lose while driving.  If snow or ice actually fell from a moving truck and hit another person or car and caused death or serious bodily injury, the driver would be fined between $200 and $1,000 for each offense.

Laws requiring the removal of snow and ice are necessary to prevent Pennsylvania truck accidents from occurring. Just recently, reports indicated the driver of an SUV was injured because ice fell off a truck and broke his windshield.  Some states already have such laws in place, and others are considering passing them. Penske warns long-haul truck drivers to be aware of the variances in state laws as they cross the country to make their deliveries.

Truck Drivers Need to Prevent Truck Accidents by Removing Snow and Ice

Trucking Info indicates some truckers are objecting to the proposed Pennsylvania law on removal of snow and ice.  Truckers are concerned at the lack of clarity regarding a requirement they take reasonable steps to try to remove snow and ice. Sometimes, snow and ice cannot be removed easily, which puts truckers in a  bad position. The tops of tractor trailers cannot be walked on because the tops of the vehicles are made of sensitive fiberglass. This also complicates the snow removal process because the top of the vehicle could be scratched or damaged.

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NHTSA Moves Forward With New Rule to Prevent Charlotte Underride Truck Accidents

The prevention of deadly truck accidents is an important goal. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates 333,000 large trucks were involved in collisions in 2012. The collisions killed 3,921 people and injured 104,000 people.  In 70 percent of deadly truck accidents, someone other than the trucker is the one who dies according to Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

There are lots of different kinds of truck crashes in North Carolina which can be deadly. One of the deadliest types of truck accidents, however, involves a collision in which a car goes under a truck. This can happen if the car hits the truck from the truck’s rear and goes underneath the back of the truck. Cars can also get forced under the side of a truck in accidents.

Special bars called underride guards should prevent cars from being able to get under trucks, but the rules for the bars aren’t good enough to ensure the bars actually work. As a result, while most trucks have underride guards, the guards aren’t doing enough. Now, NHTSA is finally taking some action to try to change this.

NHTSA Moves Forward With Underride Truck Accident Prevention Efforts

In December 2015, NHTSA published a new Notice of Proposed Rule Making. NHTSA is trying to change the requirements for rear impact guards and for rear impact protection as found in Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSSs) Number 223 and 224. NHTSA’s changes would impose more robust requirements for rear impact guards on tractor trailers and on semi-trailers so underride safety prevention guards would have to improve.

NHTSA has taken a long time to move forward with the proposed new rule. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has been sounding the alarm for about a decade about how inadequate existing underride guards have proved to be. NHTSA waited, though, and now there will still be an additional wait as the new proposed regulation moves through the regulatory rule-making process. As NHTSA has waited to take action, people have died.  Around 423 people in passenger vehicles lose their lives annually because of underride accidents. There are also in excess of 5,000 people injured yearly because of underride accidents.

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Hull & Chandler, Attorneys at Law 1001 Morehead Square Drive #450 Charlotte, NC 28203 View Map Local (704) 375-8488

Grocery Store Sued for Negligent Security After Shooting Death

A grocery store shooting has resulted in a lawsuit initiated by the estate one of the victims killed in the shooting incident. The incident took place two years ago, and the family of the deceased and the grocery store have been involved in negotiations to try to resolve the case outside of court. No resolution was reached, and the estate of the victim is now the plaintiff in a wrongful death suit, with the goal of recovering compensation for the sons of the man who was killed.

Negligent Security Case Claims Grocery Store Failed in Its Responsibilities

According to the South Bend Tribune, the lawsuit brought against the grocery chain claims the grocery store had failed to take appropriate steps to prepare for a potential shooting and to respond appropriately in the event of an attack.

The shooting involved a 22-year-old who opened fire in the store. The attack went on for six minutes. The attacked had a .40 caliber handgun. He reportedly wandered the aisles of the grocery store for approximately 30 minutes before actually pulling the gun and beginning to shoot. He attracted the attention of an unarmed security guard as he was wandering the aisles, but the guard was not able to do anything. Evidence indicates the shooter had created a plan to kill himself but wanted to hurt others in the process.

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