Brent Adams & Associates Legal Blog
Our North Carolina legal blog covers personal injury news, accident information, medical malpractice reports, lawsuits, and other topics of interest for those who are dealing with their own North Carolina legal issues. Updated daily, our NC injury attorneys hope this blog helps readers stay connected to legislation changes and informed when it comes to significant NC court decisions.
A highway construction worker and his wife have filed a personal injury suit seeking damages in excess of $700,000, alleging that he suffered injuries because of a flying piece of debris.
According to the suit filed by Craig and Colette Poettker in Illinois’ St. Clair County Circuit Court on February 26, Craig Poettker was working in a construction zone on Highway 161 on March 2, 2007 when he was struck by debris.
The flying debris came from an accident in which Joseph Courtney crashed through a barricade after attempting to change lanes in the construction zone.
When the accident took place, Courtney was working for Helitech and driving the vehicle of William Courtney.
Craig Poettker alleges that the debris striking him caused him to suffer severe and permanent injuries to his head and leg and experience great pain of the mind and body, mental anguish, medical expenses, lost wages, and lost ability to attend to the ordinary affairs of life.
Colette Poettker claims the loss of her husband’s consortium and society.
The suit alleges negligence on the part of Joseph Courtney for exceeding a speed of 35 miles per hour, failure to reduce his speed, speeding in a construction zone in which workers were present, failure to maintain a proper lookout, and failure to maintain proper control of his vehicle.
The suit alleges negligence on the part of Helitech through its hiring of Joseph Courtney, who had a history of speeding violations.
The suit alleges negligence on the part of William Courtney for allowing Joseph Courtney to drive his vehicle.The Poettkers seek damages in excess of $700,000, plus costs, from the 14-count suit.
A man from Harris County, Texas has filed suit against a Florida-based trucking company and the Texas Department of Transportation over the severe personal injuries he suffered in a single-vehicle crash a year ago.
According to the suit filed by Temple Drennan, on February 27, 2008, an 18-wheeler owned by Southern Trucking, Inc. struck a bucket which he used to repair a traffic light at the intersection of Interstate 45 and FM 519 in La Marque.
According to Drennan, the collision caused him to be violently ejected from the bucked and collide with an aluminum trailer accompanying the truck in question.
The suit says that Drennan’s injuries required transport to Memorial Hermann Hospital for treatment.
The suit alleges negligence on the part of Southern Trucking for hiring and retaining Miami, Florida resident Roberto Gonzalez, the truck’s driver, whom the suit alleges was negligent by disobeying local traffic rules and regulations.
The suit alleges negligence on the part of TXDOT for failure to properly maintain the intersection, failure to exercise ordinary care to reduce or eliminate the “unreasonable” risk of harm caused by a defect the state was aware of or reasonably should have been aware of.
Drennan claims the injuries he suffered caused him physical scarring and mental anguish and that his sudden unemployment has prevented him from promptly paying for medical expenses and miscellaneous other expenses, such as taxi fare and auto rental.Drennan seeks assorted damages and has requested a trial by jury.
A woman from Highland, Illinois has filed a personal injury suit against a man from Highland, alleging that she suffered injuries when he hit her as he was backing out of their driveway.
According to the suit she filed on January 26 in Illinois’ Madison County Circuit Court, Tonia Asher was walking in the driveway of the home she shared with Shane L. Asher on February 10, 2007 when he struck her with his vehicle.
The suit does not state the relationship between Tonia Asher and Shane Asher.
Tonia Asher claims that the collision caused her to suffer bruising, crushing, and displacement of her neck, back, body, hips, and legs and to be hindered from attending to her usual affairs and duties.
Tonia Asher also claims that she has incurred medical expenses and lost sums of money that would have accrued to her.
The suit alleges negligence on the part of Shane Asher for failure to maintain control of his vehicle.
Tonia Asher seeks damages in excess of $50,000, plus costs.
A freshman student at Harnett Central High School required transport to a local hospital for the personal injuries he sustained after walking in front of a car near a bus stop close to Lillington.
According to Trooper Larry Whitaker, 15-year-old Aaron Howell was crossing Summerville Mamers Road near his home at approximately 7 a.m. as his bus neared. Wilkes said he apparently didn’t see the car and stepped in front of it.
No charges are expected to be filed against Edward Spearman, the driver of the car.
According to Whitaker, Howell seemed to have suffered a broken leg, but remained conscious. He was taken to Betsy Johnson Regional Hospital in Dunn.
Joint mediation, scheduled to begin in May, has been ordered
in two lawsuits against Rampart Emergency Services and a Rampart employee
involved in an Escanaba, Michigan
ambulance wreck that left two people dead from the personal injuries they
On March 5, 2007, 32-year-old registered nurse Lisa Hanson and 38-year-old patient Carrie Roberts both died from the personal injuries they received from a Rampart ambulance crashing into a parked semi truck. Roberts was in the process of transfer from OSF St. Francis Hospital to Marquette General Hospital and Hanson was her nurse.
Family members filed suit on the behalf of each of the deceased against Rampart Ambulance and Natalia Jauquet, the driver of the ambulance at the time of the crash.
Each suit seeks damages in excess of $25,000.
According to the complaint of Roberts’ family, she was not suffering from a life-threatening condition and there was no factor besides driver error that led to the crash.
According to the first count, Jauquet was allegedly negligent in her driving due to exceeding the speed limit, not sounding a siren, careless driving, and failing to keep the ambulance on the traveled portion of the highway.
The second count relates to the alleged negligence of Rampart Emergency Medical Services, Inc., who owns the ambulance and employs Jauquet.
The third count relates to the alleged negligent supervision of Rampart, including their failure to properly supervise and insure that Jauquet had received the necessary training to operate the ambulance and warn Roberts that the driver was not qualified.
According to Scott Haxton, he was driving in Edwardsville, Illinois
on August 26, 2006 when Scott crashed into his vehicle, causing him to suffer
Haxton alleges negligence by Scott through her failure to keep a proper look and see things that were clearly visible, properly keep her vehicle under control, and use all precautions in order to avoid a crash.
Haxton also alleges that Scott operated her vehicle at an unreasonable and proper speed under the existing conditions in a manner that would not endanger the safety of people or property as well as failed to keep her vehicle in the proper lane.
Haxon claims that as a result of the collision, he suffered serious bruises, contusions, and personal injuries which have caused him great pain and suffering, medical expenses, and lost wages and will continue to do so. He seeks damages in excess of $50,000 in addition to court costs.
A woman from Beaumont, Texas has filed a personal injury suit after being hit by a car in the parking lot of an H-E-B store. The grocery store and the vehicle’s driver were named as defendants.
On August 4, Charisee Buxie filed the suit in the District Court of Jefferson County, Texas alleging negligence by the store through its failure to have posted warning signs in the parking lot. Justin Moore, the driver of the car that hit her, has also been named as a defendant.
Buxie claims that as she was walking through H-E-B’s parking lot, she was suddenly “violently struck” by a vehicle driven by Moore.
The suit alleges negligence on the part of Moore for his negligent operation of the vehicle and failure to keep a proper lookout.
The suit also alleges negligence on the part of H-E-B through its failure to warn Buxie of the dangerous condition and supervise its premises.
Buxie seeks exemplary damages in addition to damages for past and future mental anguish, loss of earnings, disfigurement, impairment, medical expenses, and loss of household services.
According to police, the “invisible rope game” involves two people standing on opposite sides of a street. When a vehicle approaches, the pair enters a tug-of-war stance, pretending that they are holding a rope taut across the path of the oncoming car. The vehicles then slow down and the pranksters run off.
However, according to police, recently the vehicle of a resident of Brookfield stopped short in order to avoid the pretend rope, causing the person’s car to be rear-ended by another, resulting in two people requiring transport to the emergency room.