Month: August 2016

Police Brutality at South Carolina High School Leads to Firing

police brutality of a police officer jerking a high school student from her chair and tossing her across the room was all the proof the sheriff needed to fire the officer.

According to Sheriff Lott, the officer, Deputy Ben Fields, had been sent to Spring Valley High School in order to arrest the student who was in her math class at the time.

Several students were able to use their cell phones to video the scene. The footage has launched an investigation by the FBI, The Justice Department’s Office of Civil Rights, and he U.S. Attorney’s office in Columbia, S.C.

Fields was no stranger to the school. Not only had he been the deputy officially posted to the school for the past seven years, but he also helped out by working as the assistant football coach. Now, Fields has been banned from the school’s property.

When questioned, the adults present in the room Fields did respond quickly to reports that the student was being disruptive, but Sheriff Lott can’t approve of the way Fields’ handled the matter.

“What she does is not what I’m looking at; what I’m looking at is what our student resource officer did,” Lott said. “He was wrong in his actions and it was not what I expect of my deputies Deputy Fields did not follow proper training or procedures when he threw the student across the room. It continues to upset me that he picked the student up and threw her.”


Despite all the media attention, the student continues to face charges that include disrupting the classroom, which in South Carolina, is a misdemeanor. It’s a charge that carries a maximum penalty of a $1,000 fine or 90 days in a county jail. The student’s side of the case will be handled by the Family Court since she’s a minor. According to the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice, charges of disturbing schools are the 3rd most frequent crimes committed in the state.

Although he is sorry for the way that Fields’ handled the arrest, Lott doesn’t condone the girl’s behavior. “She is responsible for initiating this action,” Lott said. “Some responsibility falls on her. The action of our deputy, we take responsibility for that. What she did doesn’t justify what our deputy did. But she needs to be held responsible for what she did.”

about_joe“I think that this is a perfect example of how a police department should handle a situation that involved police brutality,” said Attorney Joseph Sandefur of South Carolina’s top personal injury firm. “I hope that if anyone ever finds themselves in a position like this young woman did, that they take instant action against the police officer in question. It may be the only way to remind officers who engage in brutal actions that we don’t live in a police state.”

If you were injured as a result of police brutality in South Carolina, you need to contact right away and start putting together a civil personal injury lawsuit.


Homeless Woman and Los Angeles Medical Facility Agree to Medical Malpractice Settlement

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The negligence of the staff at L.A. County-USC Medical Center as resulted in a $7.5 million settlement being paid to the one-time homeless mother whose child suffered brain damage as a result of the staff’s actions.

Dyrene Loftis decided to file the medical malpractice lawsuit on behalf of her year old son, Micah Welch. According to the legal paperwork, when Micah was born, Loftis experienced a ruptured uterus which was caused by the staff’s negligence and resulted in Micah being oxygen deprived during the delivery. The oxygen deprivation resulted in brain damage.

zakrzepica-leczenieWhen she went into labor, Loftis was only 39 weeks into her pregnancy. At the time she and her two children were residents of the Union Rescue Mission. When her labor started, the Mission’s staff called an ambulance and she was transferred to the L.A. County-USC Medical Center. At the time she was complaining of severe abdominal pains.

Loftis was in labor for about 14 hours before the hospital discharged her and she returned to the shelter. During her time at the hospital, Loftis wasn’t examined by an obstetrician. Twelve hours after she’d been discharged, Loftis was once again rushed to the hospital. Upon examination, it was discovered that her uterus had ruptured. An emergency c-section was used to deliver her child.

The lack of oxygen during the delivery resulted in permanent brain damage. Micah will never be able to live a normal life. Simple tasks such as eating and breathing require assistance. Loftis is unable to care for him on her own so he is now a resident at a long term care facility. The staff report that Loftis visits often.

308380967A large portion of the settlement will be put toward financing the medical care Micah will require for the rest of his life. Loftis also plans to use a portion of the settlement to purchase a house so she can move Micah in with her.

Micah is her number one priority. “That’s the most important thing to me right now, just getting him home,” Loftis said in a recent interview following the settlement announcement. The settlement, she said, “will help me take care of my baby, but I’m really not happy with the whole situation.”

personal_injury_claims_RI-381x277 “I truly can’t imagine everything this poor woman went through during the delivery. The fear and pain she must have felt must have been nothing compared to learning that her beloved son will never be able to live the life she imagined for him. I’m very glad that she kept her wits about her, contacted a good legal team, and kept perusing the matte until she got the settlement needed to care for her child.”

Don’t let a lack of resources stop you from pursuing a criminal case after you’ve been the victim of medical malpractice. Most personal injury lawyer will defer payment until you’ve settled the case at which point they take their fee out of the settlement. If you don’t win the settlement, most lawyer won’t send you a bill.

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