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Teen May Get Off with Probation, but Wrongful Death Lawsuit is Still Pending in Triple-Fatal Crash

August 20, 2015

An 18-year-old Georgia teen has pleaded guilty to three counts of second- degree vehicular homicide and been sentenced to 24 months of probation in an accident that killed three people. The teen was driving a Ford Taurus southbound on a two-lane road when she tried to pass a pick-up truck. When the teen saw an oncoming vehicle, she tried to return to the southbound lane, but sideswiped the truck which spun and struck an oncoming SUV. The driver and a passenger in the SUV died at the scene. The 19-year-old driver of the pick-up died three days later; her teen passenger suffered serious injuries. Police said speed and alcohol were not a factor in the accident; it was just a lack of judgement.

The parents of the deceased truck driver filed a wrongful death suit alleging that the 18-year-old was negligent through her failure to maintain the lane and for attempting an improper pass. In her response to the suit, the teen said she was trying to pass the truck, but the truck driver sped up. While she admitted to the manner of the accident, the teen denied any responsibility. The wrongful death claim seeks $10 million to recover the full value of their daughter’s, another 60-plus years, as well as compensation for medical, funeral and burial expenses, attorney fees, and pain and suffering.

A wrongful death lawsuit can not only be emotionally draining, but can leave family members financially strapped. While Litigation Funding Corporation can’t bring back a loved one, we can put an end to the financial worries while plaintiffs wait for a settlement. Qualifying for litigation funding is simple and easy; the only requirements are attorney representation and a strong case. Best of all, a lawsuit cash advance is non-recourse meaning that if you end up losing your case, you owe us nothing! We only get paid back if, and when a successful recovery is made.

If you lost a loved one because of the negligence or liability of another and have filed a wrongful death lawsuit, don’t wait another minute. Fill out our litigation funding application or give us a call to start the process.

Mechanic’s Shoddy Safety Inspection Led to Fatal Auto Accident

August 13, 2015

Officials say a mechanic caused the death of an 83-year-old Vermont woman when the car she was in, which he had inspected, crashed because of brake failure. The woman and her husband were riding in their 1992 Chevy Corsica when the husband applied the brakes to avoid hitting a turning vehicle in front of them. He claims there was a “pop” and then the brakes would not work. When he swerved to avoid hitting the vehicle, the Corsica jumped a curb, plunged down an embankment, crossed a street and slammed into some tree stumps. The driver suffered minor injuries; his wife was pronounced dead at the hospital.

An investigation showed the brake lines and rocker panels were rusted, corroded, and in a visibly unsafe condition. The panels are meant to provide structural integrity for the car. According to the state Department of Motor Vehicles, the defects should have been discovered two months earlier during a state safety inspection by the mechanic. The mechanic has been arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment.

The victim’s family should contact an experienced auto accident attorney to understand their rights and to learn what legal remedies are available. After consulting with an attorney, if the family files a lawsuit they could face a long litigation process. To help with any immediate financial needs, the may want to consider litigation funding.

Litigation funding is a non-recourse cash advance against the future proceeds of the case. It is a means to ease the financial burden and give their attorney the time needed to obtain full case value. Litigation Funding Corporation, an auto accident litigation funding expert, offers funding services strictly on the merits and strength of the case so there is no need for credit checks or employment verification. We offer low rates, excellent customer service, and a quick and easy application process; we can almost always provide litigation funding in 24 to 48 hours. Best of all, our “lawsuit loans” are on a non-recourse basis meaning if our client loses the case, there is no obligation to repay the cash advance.

With litigation funding, why give in to corporate and insurance tactics pressuring you to settle for less? If you have been involved in an auto accident and are seeking a lawsuit cash advance, contact Litigation Funding Corporation or apply online for a free, no-obligation consultation.

Horrific Big Rig Crash Results in Three Deaths

August 12, 2015

A 52-year-old Virginia trucker lost his life in a horrendous crash with another big rig. The accident took the lives of three people.

Three people died in an accident involving a head-on collision of two tractor-trailers and a semi on a highway in Maryland. 52-year-old Virginia trucker Terry Coward and his passenger were killed when another big rig crossed the centerline on the highway.

Coward’s wife, Francean Coward, filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Maryland’s Talbot County Circuit Court, alleging the driver of the other semi was at fault for the accident that killed her husband. The statement of claim further alleged that Mr. Coward’s death was due to negligence on the part of Cooley Transport, Inc. and its driver at the time of the crash, Brian K. Hutcheson.

The lawsuit alleges that defendant Hutcheson was driving in a reckless and negligent manner, disobeying the laws and regulations with regard to the safe operation of a commercial vehicle, and completely disregarded the safety of others on the highway by not demonstrating a duty of care for other motorists. It further alleges that Hutcheson’s employer, Cooley Transport, was negligent in hiring him with the knowledge that he was an unfit driver who had caused prior accidents in which he had ignored traffic signals.

Mr. Coward was driving a 2013 Kenworth tractor-trailer eastbound on Maryland Route 404. Hutcheson was driving westbound in a Stoll trailer combination. For some unknown reason, Hutcheson’s vehicle crossed the centerline clipping an eastbound big rig.

Mr. Coward observed the early part of the accident and immediately went into a defensive manoeuvre to try to avoid Hutcheson’s rig by taking a hard steer to the right, but the rig still slammed head-on into Mr. Coward’s Kenworth, causing it to burst into flames. Mr. Coward died as a result of the burns sustained in the accident.

Trucking firms have a duty to hire, train and monitor their drivers, and if a case can be made that this did not occur when Hutcheson was hired, Mrs. Coward stands a good chance of winning her lawsuit.

While waiting for her lawsuit to proceed through the system, Mrs. Coward might be interested in knowing that she could be eligible for a lawsuit loan, an emergency infusion of cash from a litigation funding company that allows a financially struggling plaintiff to pay all of their bills, including medical, funeral and burial expenses.

In situations such as this one, insurance companies are always trying to get a plaintiff to settle early and for less than they may be entitled to in court. Should Mrs. Coward be approved for pre-settlement funding, she would not need to deal with insurance companies or the trucking company attorneys. Should she lose her case in court, she would still be entitled to keep the funds, no strings attached.

Patient sues doctor For Malpractice After Nerve Damage In Shoulder From Unnecessary Surgery

August 4, 2015

Gregory Leigh of New Haven, Connecticut, won $4.25 million in his medical malpractice lawsuit filed against his doctor, Daniel Schwartz.

Leigh came to his doctor in 2008 with a large mass in his neck. It was identified as an inflamed lymph node that would require surgery to remove it. At that time, his doctor, Daniel Schwartz, worked for the MidState Medical Group.

The inflamed lymph node was successfully removed in the surgery, however, 58-year-old Leigh sustained permanent nerve damage to his left shoulder during surgery. His disability is so severe that he is unable to work or use his left arm. He has nerve palsy, cannot raise or extend his left arm over his head, suffers from permanent pain and numbness and has a disfigured shoulder and arm. At the time of Leigh’s operation, he was employed as a laborer.

It was revealed during the course of Leigh’s three-week trial that his mass could have been treated by administering antibiotics, and the radical surgery had not been necessary. It was later discovered the mass was caused by Cat Scratch Disease, a bacterial infection that can cause inflammation of the lymph glands.

At the end of the three-week trial, a six-person jury handed down an award that included $500,000 for pain and suffering, $500,000 for loss of enjoyment of life, $1.625 million for future pain and suffering and a further $1.625 million for future loss of enjoyment of life’s activities. The doctor stopped practicing surgery in 2010.

Leigh would have been a good candidate to apply for pre-settlement funding from a litigation funding company. Litigation funding is a lawsuit loan advanced to a qualified plaintiff to allow them to pay their overwhelming medical and other expenses while they wait for a trial or settlement.

The process to apply for a lawsuit loan is very user-friendly and may be done online or by making a phone call and speaking to an intake representative. The plaintiff wishing to apply for a loan must have an attorney-of-record and be able to provide the paperwork the litigation funding company requires to approve pre-settlement funding. Once a plaintiff is approved, their funds may be on the way to his or her bank in less than 24 hours.

Although this may not be an option for everyone, it is appealing to many to help them get out of debt while they wait for their case to be resolved.

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