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Dec 31
2013
A second lawsuit against organizers of a Key West powerboat race has been filed in the 2011 death of a participant, says Frenkel & Frenkel.

The uncle of Jeffrey Tillman, a man who died along with Robert Morgan when their 46-foot catamaran flipped and crashed in Key West Harbor during a championship offshore powerboat race in 2011, filed a lawsuit against the race organizers. Tillman and Morgan were the third participants to die in the 2011 race, and a lawsuit is already pending regarding the death of Joey Gratton, the other person killed that year. Lawsuit Details William...

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Negligence
Dec 31
2013
A jury awarded the family of a man killed by a drunk driver over $18 million, agreeing the establishment violated dram shop laws, says Frenkel & Frenkel.

In a landmark decision, a Texas jury awarded more than $18 million to the family of a young man killed by a drunk driver, agreeing that the liquor serving establishment the drunk driver had left only seven minutes before the accident had violated state dram shop laws. The case focused on Texas liquor liability laws and the responsibility of establishments that serve liquor when an intoxicated patron leaves their location and...

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Wrongful Death
Dec 30
2013
The judge with sole discretion chastised BP’s latest actions relating to costs stemming from litigation after the 2010 oil spill, says Frenkel & Frenkel.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier, who has sole discretion over decisions that could affect the amount of liability owed to those affected by the 2010 oil spill, chastised BP recently for their actions during the litigation . Barbier said that he found BP’s actions to be “deeply disappointing.” On December 24, 2013, Barbier rejected the argument made by BP that the company should not have to compensate businesses that cannot...

Dec 30
2013
A woman whose assault by police was captured on video settled a lawsuit and is seeking criminal charges against the officers, says Frenkel & Frenkel.

An assault by police lawsuit against the city of Jasper, Texas, has been settled for $75,000, according to the attorneys for Keyarika Diggles, who now hopes that criminal charges will be filed against the officers. The assault was captured on video as Diggles was shoved to the floor while a female dispatcher looked on. Later, Diggles was strip-searched by the dispatcher. Incident Information On May 5, 2013, Diggles was arrested...

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Personal Injury
Dec 30
2013
A Delaware judge ordered that an insurance company had a duty to indemnify a refinery after an accident that killed two men, says Frenkel & Frenkel.

A Delaware judge has ruled that Maryland Casualty Insurance Company had a duty to indemnify Premcor Refinery Group, which owns a Delaware City refinery, after two men suffocated inside one of their tanks. The two men worked for Matrix Service Company as boilermakers at the time of their death. Accident Details On November 5, 2005, John J. Ferguson Jr. and Roy Spears were installing an elbow pipe in a reactor at the refinery at the...

Dec 27
2013
A jury awarded $39 million in a lawsuit, finding Advance Cast Stone primarily responsible for a Milwaukee parking garage collapse, says Frenkel & Frenkel.

Advance Cast Stone was found primarily responsible for the collapse of a parking garage panel in Milwaukee that killed a 15-year old boy and injured two others in June 2010. The families of the victims, as well as Milwaukee County, were awarded $39 million in damages.

Garage Collapse Jared Kellner and his friend, Eric Wosinski, both 15, were a few steps behind Eric’s parents, Amy and Steve Wosinski, as they headed...

Dec 27
2013
A nurse at an Iowa VA hospital admits to turning off alarms in a continuous monitoring unit, leading to the death of a patient, says Frenkel & Frenkel.

The death of an Army veteran at an Iowa VA hospital could have been prevented had a nurse not turned off alarms designed to monitor patient conditions. One of the alarms shut off was designed to monitor blood-oxygen levels in patients who required continuous monitoring.

Patient Death

Michael Deal, an Army veteran who required continuous monitoring due to disabilities he suffered when he was injured by shrapnel from...

Dec 27
2013
Federal lawsuits claim that a glass-manufacturing plant in Danville, Ky., endangered the health of workers and local citizens, says Frenkel & Frenkel.

According to recent federal lawsuits, the Phillips North American Lighting plant, a glass-manufacturing company located in Danville, Ky., endangered the health of workers and citizens who lived near the plant as well. Documents filed say that the company illegally dumped hazardous substances on property outside the boundaries of land owned by the plant, recklessly or negligently causing injury to others. Lawsuit Details Lawyers...

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Negligence
Dec 13
2013
The mother of a child who suffered brain damage due to errors during his birth settled with the hospital for $7.5 million, says Dallas-Fort Worth lawyers Frenkel & Frenkel.

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a $7.5 million settlement in a lawsuit filed by the mother of a now one-and-a-half year old child who suffers from brain damage ; the mother alleges the brain damage occurred due to errors by healthcare professionals at the LA County-USC Medical Center. Proceeds of the settlement will purchase an annuity to pay for the child’s future medical care and allow...

Dec 13
2013
A fired gas leak surveyor has been connected to at least two explosions that led to two severe injuries and one death, says Frenkel & Frenkel.

Javier Garza, a gas leak surveyor employed by CenterPoint, has been connected to two separate explosions in the Houston area that caused two severe injuries and the death of a 64-year old woman. In both cases, Garza was responsible for checking gas lines outside the homes where the explosions occurred. First Explosion In October 2009, a tree root is believed to have cracked a gas line outside the Pasadena (Texas) home of 64-year old...

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Wrongful Death