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  July 30, 2021

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Philadelphia Couple Blame Drunk Police Officer and Bars After Car Crashes Into Their Home
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A Philadelphia couple injured by a drunk police officer who crashed into their house has filed a lawsuit. The plaintiffs were injured and their two dogs were killed when the police officer drove his speeding car into their living room. According to the complaint, the incident was not the first "DUI-related incident" stemming from the nearby Fraternal Order of Police bar. The lawsuit was filed against then-Philadelphia Police Officer Gregory Campbell, the alleged driver, and against the FOP bar and a second bar where the officer was drinking earlier in the day.
William Bender, Philadelphia Inquirer 07/30/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Malpractice

 
Family of Bernalillo County Inmate Who Died After Opiate Withdrawal Files Lawsuit
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A lawsuit filed in New Mexico accuses the Metropolitan Detention Center of medical malpractice and negligence that led to the death of a Bernalillo County inmate. The 46-year-old man died from the toxic effects of methamphetamine with contributing factors of opiate withdrawal. His family alleges jail staff should have sought treatment for the man as he was suffering from withdrawal symptoms. The man was one of nine people who died in the jail's custody last year.
Elise Kaplan, Yahoo News 07/24/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Wrongful Death

 
Lawsuit Cites 'Flawed Safety Culture' After California Lineman's Death
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The widow of a lineman who was electrocuted while working for Southern California Edison Co. has filed a lawsuit against the utility. The widow of the 34-year-old lineman filed the wrongful death suit on July 22 in Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of her and her two sons. The complaint cites the utility's "flawed and dangerous safety culture" that led to the man's death.
Staff Report, CBS Los Angeles 07/29/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Family Sues After Milwaukee Man Killed in Crash With On Duty Sheriff's Deputy
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A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed by the family of a Milwaukee man who was killed in a crash with a sheriff's deputy who was on duty at the time of the accident. The lawsuit filed in Milwaukee County Circuit Court on Thursday states that the crash occurred when the deputy ran a red light and crashed into the victim's car. The complaint alleges a violation of the man's 14th Amendment rights to due process and seeks punitive and compensatory damages. Named as defendants in the lawsuit are Milwaukee County and the former sheriff’s deputy.
Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 07/29/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Convalescent Hospital Allegedly Denied Food, Water to Woman With Dementia
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A skilled nursing facility in Watsonville, California, has been hit with a lawsuit over the treatment and death of an elderly woman. The family of the woman has filed suit against Valley Convalescent Hospital alleging elder abuse, fraud, and wrongful death. Her sons accuse the facility of failing to provide food and water to the woman, who suffered from severe dementia and required assistance eating and drinking. The facility is named as defendant in the lawsuit and has been cited for a total of 11 state and federal deficiencies since June of 2018.
Melissa Hartman, Santa Cruz Sentinel 07/29/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Judge Approves $1M Settlement in Woman's Van Drowning Death
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A judge has approved a $1 million settlement in the lawsuit over the death of a South Carolina woman who drowned in a van during Hurricane Florence. The lawsuit was filed against American Aluminum Accessories, the company that equipped the vehicle with an internal barricade that prevented the woman from exiting the flooded vehicle. She was one of two women being transported as mental health patients when two Horry County Sheriff's Office corrections officers drove the vehicle into floodwaters.
Courtney Rowles, WLOS News13 07/28/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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