January Personal Injury News from Around the Web

Continuing our personal injury news series, we’re checking in on events happening both around the Seattle area and the rest of the country. This time around, we’ve got a hit-and-run charge in New York state that has Seattle ties, a woman sues her deceased husband’s employer in Texas, and a Florida woman is forced to produce Facebook photos in a personal injury case.

Hit-and-Run in New York Shakes Up Seattle

Evelina Brown, a student from Seattle, WA, was struck and killed in a hit-and-run early last year. A 64-year old woman from Poughkeepsie, New York has plead guilty in the death of Brown and another student, Sarah McCausland of Winnetka, Illinois, after she struck the pair along Route 9G in Tivoli, New York on January 31, 2014. Carol Boeck of Red Hook plead guilty to the charges and faces up to 21 years in prison.

Woman Sues Husband’s Employer over his Death

Wilma Powell, wife of the deceased Donaldson Powell, is filing suit against Atlantic Richfield Company in a case that has ramifications for the rest of the personal injury field. According to the complaint, while Powell worked for the company (formerly known as Sinclair-Koppers), he was exposed to toxic materials like asbestos. The complaint states that Powell died due to an asbestos-related illness, on May 15, 2014. Wilma Powell is seeking exemplary and punitive damages.

Woman Forced to Provide Facebook Photos in Personal Injury Case

A Florida appeals court has upheld an order to require a personal injury plaintiff to produce for the court Facebook photographs from her personal account. The court ruled that the photographs were admissible evidence and were not privileged or protected by any rights of privacy, no matter the settings on her Facebook account.

Contact the offices of Charles Martin to discuss your case and find out how we can seek justice on behalf of you or a loved one injured or killed in a personal injury accident.

November Personal Injury News from Around the Web

Introducing our personal injury news report! From time to time we’ll check in on cases big and small happening both in the Seattle area and around the world. These are the ones we’ve highlighted for the month of November:

Big Payout for a Faulty Boat

Lawyers in Lee’s Summit, MO have won a $15 million personal injury case for a client who was injured when his boat exploded. Lawyers Rob Sullivan and Tim Morgan represented the plaintiff, Donald Black of Valley Park, MO. The Camden County jury found that the design of the boat’s fuel system was faulty.

Smokey Dyer, the former fire chief of Kansas City and Lee’s Summit, provided expert testimony in the case. Burn evidence showed the fuel line separated at a critical connection and a hose had worked its way loose from a metal piece. When Black turned on the bilge pump, leaked fuel in the cockpit and around the hull exploded and burned him severely. He was in the hospital for several months and racked up $1.3 million in medical bills. He sometimes was placed into a coma and his heart stopped six times. Skin grafts, reconstructive surgery, and further ongoing health risks became a reality for Black.

The defendant was a former subsidiary of Brunswick Corporation.

Fitbit Information Now Applicable in the Courtroom

A law firm in Calgary is working on the first known personal injury case that will incorporate activity data from a Fitbit device to help show the effects of an accident on their client.

Though the woman who was injured didn’t have a Fitbit at the time of the accident, but since she was a personal trainer at the time, her lawyers at McLeod Law think they have a case that her active lifestyle was severely affected by comparing Fitbit data compared to the baseline for someone of her age and profession.

Doctor’s testimony and observations of an injured person are commonly used to determine physical ability after an injury. Showing measured data over a long period of time wasn’t possible without undue commitment and time on the injured person’s part, so this technology may change common practices. On the flip side, insurers will want access to this data as well, so expect to see this information used on defendant’s cases as well.

Contact the Offices of Martin Law, PLLC for your legal guidance and support for your personal injury case. Get the justice you deserve.

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