Monthly Archives: February 2012

Injured Pilot Found After Airplane Runs Out of Gas in Mississippi

Airplane went down in North Mississippi Woods of Monroe County

Greg Huggins is a 49 year old pilot from Memphis, Tennessee. On Tuesday morning, February 14th, the pilot was beginning his Valentine’s Day morning by flying his single-engine Piper Cherokee Six from Ocala, Florida back to Olive Branch, Mississippi where he works for Downtown Aviation. Huggins is an instructor for the company that gives flying lessons at the airport in Olive Branch.

The Piper Cherokee Six is registered to Buccaneer Aviation Inc., which is a Delaware corporation. However, the company apparently carries on business in Florida.

Kathleen Bergen, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said Huggins reported that he was having a problem when he was about 18 miles southeast of Tupelo, Mississippi. At about 7:45 a.m. CST, Bergen said that an alert was sent out to the authorities and airports that were located within a 50-mile radius of the plane’s last known location.

Running out of gas

Bergen said that she could not say what the nature of the problem was that the pilot was experiencing. However, local authorities said that he letting air traffic controllers know that he was running out of gas.

Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell said that Huggins had tried to give air traffic controllers his location before he went down. Huggins was trapped upside down in the Piper Cherokee Six for several hours. Even though he was bleeding from his head, disoriented and injured, he was able to call 911 on his cell phone, but he could not tell the operator where he was.

The area where Huggins went down was the north woods of Mississippi. He crashed near the border of Itawamba and Monroe counties. Several people who live in the area where the Piper Cherokee Six went down said they saw a plane that looked like it was going down into the woods.

Large search effort

Law enforcement officers, firefighters and others from Itawamba, Lee and Monroe counties searched for the downed plane. Two Army National Guard UH-72 Lakota helicopters were also used in the search effort after overcast skies had initially prevented the helicopters from going up. In fact, National Guard spokesman Tim Powell said that it was one of the two military helicopters that spotted the wreckage of the plane around 12:40 p.m. CST.

Sheriff Cantrell said that Huggins had called someone on his cell phone. Authorities were able to use “pings” from cellular towers located in the area to help narrow the search for Huggins. What this involves is reading the cell towers that Huggins phone was connected to. Sheriff Cantrell said, “Technology is what saved this man’s life.”

Sheriff Cantrell said, “It was just an awesome job on everybody’s part. He has to be a pretty good pilot. He went down between trees in some oak hardwoods and the wings took the impact.”

Huggins was taken to the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, Mississippi where he was listed in critical condition because of a cut to his head. He was later moved to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis, Tennessee where he was listed in serious condition on Thursday, February 16th.


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I Have Bar Fight Injuries

Can I sue the guy who beat me up?

The first thing that has to be considered is, “Did you start the fight in the bar? Were you drinking too much? Did you get out of control?”

Was the guy that beat you up simply defending himself from your attack? Even if this is true, you may still be able to sue the guy if he went beyond defending himself. It may be that the guy went far beyond merely defending himself and intentionally began to beat you up. A person has a right to defend themselves, but they do not have the right to hurt you beyond the point of what is necessary to defend themselves.

The difficult thing is proving that the guy went beyond defending himself, that he used excessive force. Taking pictures of your wounds, getting a copy of the police report of the incident, medical bills for your injuries and the testimony of a witness or witnesses that the guy went far beyond defending himself would help to give you a case.

Sit down with personal injury lawyer

In this instance, the best thing to do is to sit down with a personal injury lawyer and discuss the incident. A personal injury lawyer will evaluate the incident and tell you whether it would be in your best interests to bring a lawsuit against the guy who beat you up.

On the other hand, you may have decided to go out on the town and have a good time. You went to a bar and were minding your own business. Someone in the bar drank too much, got agitated and got out of control. It just so happens that they took it out on you. You did not start the fight.

The guy beat you up. Now the question that you have is, “Can I sue the guy that beat me up in the bar?”

You have a right to sue

The answer is, “Yes.” You do have the right to sue the guy who beat you up in a bar. No matter what explanation the guy may offer, assault is a crime. When you are injured by a person, it is your right to sue that person in order to be compensated for your injuries.

Were the police called to the incident? You need to find out if the police filed assault charges against the guy who beat you up in the bar. If the police did file charges, you can refer to this when you sue the guy who beat you up.

Once again, pictures of your wounds and the bar, the police report of the incident, medical bills and witness testimony will all help to strengthen your case against the guy who beat you up in the bar.

Suing the bar owner

There is also the possibility that you may be able to sue the bar owner for your injuries. The guy may have beat you up because the owner of the bar was negligent due to a lack of security at the bar.

Again, the one who can help determine how strong a case that you have is a personal injury lawyer. It is always a smart move to have a personal injury lawyer in your corner.

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NBC Anchorwoman Bit in Face by Rescue Dog Recovering

3-year-old Gladiator Maximus is an 85-pound Argentine mastiff dog. On Tuesday, February 7, 2012, “Max,” as he is called by his owner Michael Robinson, was rescued from an icy lake in the Denver area by firefighter Tyler Sugaski.

Max was chasing a coyote when he fell into the icy lake. His owner said he was just swimming around in circles in the icy lake. Robinson says he thought about trying to go in and rescue his dog, but he is glad that he did not. Fortunately, the firefighter was able to rescue Max and get him out of the icy lake. Sugaski said the dog instinctively knew that he was there to help him and came to him.

Denver NBC affiliate KUSA thought that Max’s rescue would be a great feel-good segment on popular anchorwoman Kyle Dyer’s local show, “Kyle’s Kritters”. On  Wednesday, February 8th, Robinson brought Max in for a live, in-studio segment of the show. It was intended to be a celebration of Max’s rescue.

Prior to the live segment of the show, several people interacted with Max according to KUSA vice president of news Patti Dennis. As they did so, everything seemed to be fine.

However, during the live segment, Dyer knelt down in front of Max and was petting him. As she attempted to get closer, Max bit her in the face.

The Mastiff bite Caused the News Lady to Get Reconstructive Surgery

Paramedics and animal control were called to the studio. Dyer was then rushed to a Denver hospital where reconstructive surgery was done overnight. The surgeon was pleased with the outcome of the surgery, and Dyer wanted everyone to know that she was alright. However, she was concerned about the people who watched the unfortunate incident take place on live TV.

Max was taken to a Denver animal shelter where he is being quarantined for 10 days. During this time, the Denver Animal Care and Control will check Max for signs of illness that includes rabies. After the 10 days quarantine, Max may be released to his owner Robinson. A judge will hold a hearing to determine Max’s fate.

Robinson was cited by Denver Animal Control for violation of Colorado leash law for not having control of his dog at all times, for allowing his dog to bite and for not having Max properly vaccinated. Robinson has to face these charges in court on April 4, 2012.

Colorado is a state that imposes strict liability on a dog owner for injuries that are caused by their dog. This is regardless of the dog’s vicious propensity. In some states, a dog gets what is referred to as “one free bite.” Although there are exceptions in these states, what this means is that the first time a dog bites a person, the dog owner is not liable for injuries caused by their dog. Dogs do not get “one free bite” in Colorado.

However, Colorado dog bite law does not allow the victim of a dog bite to bring a lawsuit against the dog owner if the injuries from the dog bite are considered to be minor. You are only permitted to sue a dog owner if your injuries are serious. Serious injuries include skin lacerations, bruises or muscle tears that have to have medical treatment or corrective surgery.

Dyer was unable to talk after the four hour surgery because her mouth was stitched shut. She was released from the hospital on Thursday, February 9th. Dyer is doing well and is expected to make a recovery. She will not return to work for several weeks.


I Was Personally Injured by a Police Officer

Do I have a Police Brutality Case?

It may happen in several different types of circumstances. You are personally injured by a police officer. This may occur:

If you are brought in for questioning
In a routine traffic stop, detention or arrest
In jail or prison
Following the end of a pursuit.

Regardless of the circumstances, you believe that you have been a victim of police brutality. The question that you have is, “Do I have a police brutality case?”

In order to know whether or not you have a case for police brutality, you first need to understand how police brutality is defined. Police brutality is when a police officer uses excessive force in regards to a civilian or more force than what is necessary. This usually takes the form of excessive physical force, but it can also refer to verbal attacks by a police officer against a civilian.

An important point to remember is that there is no precise definition of what constitutes excessive force. However, generally, excessive force usually refers to force that is beyond the force that a prudent and reasonable police officer would use under the circumstances.

Violation of your civil rights

Police brutality is a violation of your civil rights. It is a direct violation of the laws inside of the police force. Police brutality is a direct violation of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution.

With this in mind, do you believe that you have been a victim of police brutality? If you do, you have a right to bring a brutality claim against the police officer or police officers who used excessive force against you.

It can be intimidating and frightening to bring a lawsuit against a police officer. Police officers may try to intimidate you and get you to drop your complaint. It may be difficult to get the evidence that you need if other police officers refuse to testify. Also, there is always the possibility that fellow police officers may try to cover up the incident.

Personal injury lawsuit

Having said this, it is still your right to bring a lawsuit against a police officer or police officers for brutality. The type of lawsuit that you would bring is called a personal injury lawsuit. A personal injury lawsuit is simply a claim that is brought in court by a person who has been injured either physically or emotionally by another person.

You should also understand that a personal injury lawsuit for police brutality may involve a long and complex process and is extremely difficult to win. This is due to the fact that there are several laws that give immunity to police officers. One of these is a short statute of limitations or deadline that you have for filing a police brutality lawsuit. In many instances, witnesses are also hesitant to come and testify. The burden of proof for police brutality is on you and can be very hard to establish.

If you are going to win a personal injury lawsuit for police brutality, you are going to need the skill and expertise of a personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer will be familiar with the specific complexities of a personal injury lawsuit for police brutality.

Fort Worth Golfer Stabbed With Golf Club

A golf ball.

Does this Texas golf fighter have a personal injury case?

On Friday, January 27, 2012, around 3:30 in the afternoon, Clay Carpenter and two of his friends were playing a round of golf at an exclusive golf course at Eagle Mountain Lake in Texas. As they approached the 13th hole, they had caught up with a slower moving group of four golfers.

According to Carpenter, a course marshal told the foursome to allow Carpenter and his group to play through. Apparently, the foursome was not willing to do this, and a fight broke out.

Carpenter believes that one of the golfers swung a golf club at his head. However, he says that he grabbed it and broke it off at the end. Carpenter then says the man stabbed him twice in his leg.

One of the golfers in this foursome called 911. He said that Carpenter had fallen on a golf club or something.

Carpenter was taken to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital. After spending 9 days in the hospital, Carpenter was released on Sunday, February 5th.

Carpenter says that he is recovering from a punctured femoral artery and massive blood loss. The muscles in the lower half of Carpenter’s leg atrophied during his recovery and portions of his lower leg have died from the lack of blood flow. There is the possibility that he may have to have more surgeries on his leg. He is worried that he might even lose his leg.

The question is, “Does Carpenter have a personal injury case against the golfer who stabbed him? This will depend on some things.

The first thing that has to be considered is, “Who threw the first punch? Who actually started the fight?” If it was the man who stabbed him or someone else, Carpenter may have a personal injury case against the man who stabbed him. If it was Carpenter who threw the first punch, it does not necessarily mean that he does not have a personal injury case, but a person does have the right to defend themselves.

Even though a person has the right to defend themselves, can it be established that the person who stabbed Carpenter was using excessive force, more than was necessary. Was this man deliberately trying to harm Carpenter.

Another thing that would have to be established is that Carpenter was actually stabbed by one of the four golfers. The four golfers in the 911 call said that he fell on a golf club or something. Can it be established that Carpenter did not fall on a golf club but was actually stabbed by one of the four golfers who were playing ahead of him.

Another issue is, “Will the authorities arrest and charge one of the four golfers with stabbing Carpenter?” The Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department has stated that an active criminal investigation is in progress in regard to this incident.

It may be a good idea for Carpenter to contact a personal injury attorney to sit down and discuss and evaluate his case. It may very well be that Carpenter has a very good personal injury case.

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Broken Knee in a Car Accident and Filing Personal Injury

You suffered a broken knee in a car accident. The car accident was not your fault. It was someone else’s fault. The thing that you would probably like to know is, “Am I entitled to be compensated for my broken knee? Can I file a personal injury claim for my broken knee?

A broken knee is also referred to as a fractured knee. A broken knee can be the result of several injuries, such as a broken femur (thigh) bone that is located close to your knee joint, a broken patella (knee cap) or broken fibula or tibia.

Signs and symptoms of a broken knee

There are several signs and symptoms that may be an indication of a broken knee. Some of these are:

Not being able to stand on your injured knee
Severe swelling of your injured knee
Not being able to move your injured knee
Experiencing severe pain in your injured knee
Joint deformity in your injured knee
Weakness of your injured leg.

Some of the worst cases of a broken knee take place in a car accident. A broken knee can be devastating and result in lifelong consequences. A broken knee may keep you from your job for an extended period of time and bring about severe disability.

A broken knee may cause you a great deal of agony. The rehabilitation and therapy that you will most likely have to go through are not a pleasant experience. You may experience great frustration over the loss of mobility that comes from having a broken knee. On top of all this, there are the heavy expenses of therapy devices and trips to the doctor, which may prove to be more expensive than an insurance company will approve.

In order to be compensated in a personal injury claim for the broken knee that you received in a car accident, you will have to prove that your broken knee happened as a result of someone else’s willful, careless, negligent or reckless behavior, conduct or action. In other words, you will have to prove that the car accident was someone else’s fault, not your fault.

Personal injury claim

A personal injury claim is getting to be more and more complex and complicated. In order to be fully compensated for your broken knee, as well as your pain and suffering along with it, you are going to need the help and aid of a personal injury attorney. Many people make the mistake of turning to their family attorney who is not familiar with or experienced in the area of personal injury law. As a result, they often do not receive the full compensation that they should get for their injury.

As mentioned earlier, a broken knee can be a disastrous occurrence for which you deserve to be fully compensated. A personal injury attorney is the one to turn to when filing a personal injury claim. A personal injury attorney is the one who can enable you to receive all of the compensation that you are entitled to with a broken knee that is a result of a car accident that was not your fault.

Whiplash and Filing a Personal Injury Claim

Have you been the victim of whiplash? Are you trying to decide whether to file a personal injury claim because of whiplash you received in an accident.

Sadly, when some people hear the word whiplash, they think of someone who is trying to fake an injury or scam an insurance company. Or, they think whiplash is something that is not very serious. They think whiplash is something that you get over in a few days.

Millions each year

The truth of the matter is that millions of people suffer whiplash each year in the United States. While a small number of these people do try to take advantage of a whiplash personal injury claim, there are a far greater number of people who truly deserve being compensated for whiplash.

One thing that many people do not realize is that whiplash can be caused by a minor accident. It does not have to be a major accident for whiplash to occur. For example, being in a car that is hit in the rear by another car may not cause serious damage to either car, but it may cause you to experience whiplash.

Most people associate whiplash with a car accident. However, whiplash may be caused by several other things. Among these are:

Repetitive stress injuries at work
Slip and fall accidents in homes, stores or sidewalks that are not well-maintained
Snowboarding and skiing accidents
Participation in contact sports
Truck and car accidents that are not rear-end impact
Child abuse, such as shaken baby syndrome
An intentional assault that results in head trauma.

Whiplash can range anywhere from mild to severe. Whiplash may only require you to wear a neck brace for a short period of time. However, whiplash can also involve paralysis. If whiplash is not promptly treated, it may grow progressively worse and result in long-term physical therapy and surgery.

There are several signs and symptoms that you may have with whiplash. Some of these are:

Neck pain and stiffness
Not being able to move your neck
Arm, shoulder or back pain
Unusual sensations, such as prickling, tingling or burning in your arms
Decreased range of motion
Fatigue, difficulty concentrating or disturbance of your sleep
Blurred vision.

If you are thinking about filing a personal injury claim for whiplash, you should know that most personal injury attorneys do not like to use the word whiplash because of the negative connotations that it brings to the minds of many people. It is better to use more technical names, such as cervical or neck sprain or strain, myofascial injury or hyperflexion/hyperextension injury.

You should also understand that in order to win a personal injury claim for whiplash, it must be proved that you did not cause the accident, and you will have to prove negligence on the part of the person who did cause the accident.

The best thing to do is to sit down with a personal injury attorney and let him or her assess your case and advise you as to whether it would be in your best interests to pursue a personal injury claim for whiplash.

Injury From Broken Stairway and Premise Liability Claim

Have you suffered an injury from a broken stairway? Do you realize that you may be entitled to file a claim?

Stairways are necessary inside and outside of buildings that have more than one floor. Even though elevators are wonderful, there are times when they cannot be used for one reason or another. At other times, you may simply want or have to take the stairs.

Serious injury

You may use a stairway so often that you are not prepared for loose handrails, irregular steps, broken stairs or other difficulties that may result in a fall. Falling on a broken stairway can bring about a serious and/or severe injury. This may include:

Head injury
Broken bones
Other kinds of trauma.

One of the problems with a broken stairway is that it is often not obvious or otherwise easily visible. Things like ice or snow may prevent you from seeing a broken stairway on the outside of a building. Poor or inadequate lighting or carpet or other covering may keep you from noticing a broken stairway on the inside of a building.

Did your fall down a broken stairway cause serious injury? Are you wondering whether you can be compensated for your injury? Would you like to know if you have a claim against the owner because of your injury?

Things to consider

There are several things to consider before filing a claim against the owner of the building where you suffered a broken stairway injury. Some of these are:

How serious is your injury? If you only received some minor bumps and bruises, you probably do not have a claim against the building owner. However, if your injury involves things such as, a broken bone, concussion or other head or brain injury, you may certainly want to consider pursuing a lawsuit against the owner of the building.

The age of the stairs.

The design of the stairs

Has age caused the surface of the stairs to become slick

Lighting was poor or inadequate.

If you decide to pursue a claim against the building owner, it falls in a category of law that is referred to as premise liability. Premise liability is law where a person who is the owner of a building or land may be held responsible for some types of injuries that a person suffers who is there in the building or on the land.

A premise liability lawsuit is a type of lawsuit in which you seek to prove that a property owner was negligent, and their negligence was what caused your injury. In this instance, you would be seeking to prove that the building owner was negligent in his care and upkeep of the stairway. Due to his negligence, there was a broken stairway which resulted in you falling and being injured.

The best thing to do is to get in touch with a personal injury lawyer who will discuss and evaluate your case with you. A personal injury lawyer will help determine whether you have a strong premise liability case. A person injury lawyer will advise you as to whether a premise liability lawsuit against the owner of the building is the best option to pursue.

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Injury From an Uneven Sidewalk and Slip and Fall Claims

A sidewalk is a wonderful thing that can make walking so much easier. A sidewalk can provide much better “footing” and help prevent slips, trips and falls.

However, a sidewalk may become cracked and uneven. Then, instead of preventing slips and falls, it may become the cause of a slip and fall accident.

Causes of an uneven sidewalk

There are two main causes of a sidewalk becoming uneven. The first is the result of tree roots pushing up through the concrete pavement. The second main cause of an uneven sidewalk is the concrete pavement becoming sunken as a result of material warping or an unstable base.

You may have fallen and received an injury on an uneven sidewalk. The thing you would like to know is, “Am I able to file a personal injury claim as the result of falling and sustaining an injury on an uneven sidewalk?”

When you fall on an uneven sidewalk, this injury comes under the heading of what is called a “slip and fall”. You can slip and fall almost anywhere and for a variety of reasons.

Why did you slip and fall

If you slip and fall on an uneven sidewalk because of your own carelessness or not paying attention to where you were going, you really do not have a claim and will have to bear the consequences and costs of your injury, yourself. However, if your slip and fall on an uneven sidewalk was due to some degree of negligence on the part of the owner of the property, you may be able to file a “slip and fall” claim. A slip and fall claim comes under the heading of what is known as a premise liability lawsuit.

Premise liability law is a body of law in which a person who is the owner of premises or land is liable for certain kinds of injuries that happen to a person who is there on the land or premises. Premise liability laws vary from state to state.

Premise liability cases that involve a slip and fall on an uneven sidewalk are not easy to prove. This is because it is necessary to prove that the property owner either unreasonably permitted a dangerous condition to continue that he should or could have fixed, or the property owner was responsible for creating the dangerous condition.

Not automatically liable

It is essential that you understand that a premise or land owner is not automatically liable simply because you slip and fall on their premises or land. It is necessary for you to prove that the owner should have seen the condition, recognized the danger and did something about it. However, a court may say, “If the condition of an uneven sidewalk was open and obviously dangerous to the owner of the land, it should have been open and obviously dangerous to you, also. In which case, you should have seen the condition and avoided it.

For these reasons, among others, it is always wise to consult a personal injury lawyer to have him or her determine the merits of your case and whether it would be a good idea to file a premise liability claim for your slip and fall on an uneven sidewalk.

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