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All Posts in Category: wrongful or accidental death


Do You Have a Case for Wrongful Death?

Posted by Nicole Gendics on 05 Sep, 2016
gavel in front of legal books

Wrongful death is a term that isn’t unheard of, but many people aren’t quite sure what it means. Knowing whether you have a case for wrongful death can help you decide if filing a lawsuit is worth your time, energy and money.

What Is Wrongful Death?

When a person dies through the legal fault of another person, wrongful death is said to have occurred. The concept of wrongful death is a fairly new one. A century ago, laws did not exist surrounding this type of civil action. Today, every state in our country has some type of law regarding wrongful death.

Who Can Sue?

It’s not just anyone… Read More


High School Football Player Dies During Practice

Posted by Nicole Gendics on 15 Aug, 2016
wilson football on field

In what could be called a tragic accident, a 14-year-old teenager died while playing a game he loved. According to the Lexington County Coroner, Lewis Simpkins was pronounced dead when he arrived at the emergency room at Lexington Medical Center. An autopsy was to be performed to determine the exact cause of death.

Lexington School District One officials reported that Simpkins collapsed during football practice around 7 p.m. The team had been practicing routine drills. Two trainers and a coach began to perform CPR and utilized a defibrillator. Paramedics arrived and transported the teenager… Read More


School Shootings Not a New Phenomenon

Posted by Nicole Gendics on 01 Jun, 2016

Many people believe that school shootings are an unfortunate and desperate act of modern students who are bullied or otherwise victimized. These shooters are alternatively vilified and used as examples of a society gone wrong. What some people fail to consider, or realize, is that school shootings are not new.

Do we hear more about school shootings today than at any other time in history? Of course. But we live in a society where news is instant and always at the touch of a fingertip. When you stop to think about the fact that news traveled much slower in days gone by, it makes sense that mass shootings… Read More


Woman Dies in Jail After Being Deprived of Water

Posted by Nicole Gendics on 29 Feb, 2016

Prison cell blockA 50-year-old woman was arrested in Charleston after failing to pay court fines. Unfortunately, the woman never made it out of jail.

The woman, Joyce Curnell, had suffered with nausea and vomiting on the day of her arrest. She had summoned an ambulance and was arrested at the hospital after it was discovered that she had a bench warrant. Curnell spent 27 hours in custody prior to her death.

According to her family, Curnell became sick during her time in jail and was neglected by jail staff. She was forced to vomit into a trash bag throughout the night. The family has filed a suit against the Carolina … Read More


Child Death Leads to Donated Organs

Posted by Mary Lightman on 26 Nov, 2015

images (34)No one ever wants to imagine the tragedy of losing a loved one as the result of a tragic accident. That is especially true of a parent who loses their child. The parents of one very young victim, an 8-year-old girl who died after the car she was in collided with a logging truck in Batesburg-Leesville learned this first hand. However, even after losing her life at such a young age, she has still been able to help others.

The little girl, Kalieah Richardson was described by her mother, Paula, as having been “very happy. She always had a smile. She was very caring and she was very giving. She loved to share.”… Read More


Eight Indicted in Church Beating

Posted by Mary Lightman on 24 Nov, 2015

images (33)Eight people from an insular New York Church, including the parish’s pastor, were indicted for murder in connection to their role in the death of a young man who was beaten to death. The victim’s brother was also seriously injured.

Court documents indicate that the 13-count indictment counted the pastor’s family as well as the victims’ own father, father, half-sister and two other church members when a “spiritual counseling” escalated into what amounted to an all-night gang attack on Lucas and Christopher Leonard inside the Word of Life Christian Church.

Charges… Read More


Child Struck and Killed while Crossing Street

Posted by Mary Lightman on 10 Sep, 2015

download (19)An accident outside an area elementary school claimed the life of an 8-year-old girl in Pageland on Tuesday morning

According to police the accident happened just after 9:30 a.m. outside Pageland Elementary School. The school is located on W McGregor Street. At the time of the accident, the parents were enrolling the children at school when the 8-year-old, identified as Nelly Alexandvia Herrera, was sent to the vehicle in order to grab additional documents needed for enrollment.

While Nelly was on the errand and was attempting to cross the street, she was struck by an oncoming vehicle.

Nelly… Read More


Worker Identified in Gas Leak Explosion

Posted by Mary Lightman on 03 Sep, 2015

downloadA gas worker who was injured in a motel explosion in Bremerton, Washington has been identified as Larry Jennings, 59.

According to a spokesperson at Cascade Natural Gas, Jennings was injured in a gas explosion that happened at a motel. At the time of the blast, Jennings, who works for Cascade Natural Gas, was responding to a report of a gas leak.

Police have indicated that there are suspicious circumstances surrounding the explosion. Currently, law enforcement agencies are investigating whether someone who had been spotted leaving the hotel by jumping out of a window located near the gas meter… Read More


Vigil Held for Balcony Collapse Victims

Posted by Mary Lightman on 25 Jun, 2015

download (13)A vigil was held at an Oakland Church last week for four of the six students who were killed when the balcony they were on collapsed.

The victims, Eoghan Culligan, Niccolai Schuster, Lorcan Miller and Eimear Walsh, all 21-year-olds from Ireland, were honored at the St. Columba Catholic Church. Fellow students, family members and other Irish students who knew the victims came to pay their respects at the vigil.

The tragedy also claimed the lives of two other students, Ashley Donohoe, 22 of Rohnert Park, California, and 21-year-old Olivia Burke of Ireland. A separate funeral will be held for themRead More


Inmate Dies in Gas Pipeline Explosion

Posted by Mary Lightman on 26 May, 2015

downloadAn inmate who was injured in a gas pipeline explosion at a Sheriff’s gun range in Central California last month has died as a result of the injuries he sustained in the blast. According to authorities at the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, Jeremiah Espino, 52, of Sanger, was severely injured in a gas pipeline blast in April. The gas pipeline explosion sent 11 people to the hospital. Eight of the injured were inmates who had been doing cleanup work at the range, as well as a county employee who had been operating a front loader.

Another county employee, who remains in critical condition,… Read More