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Family Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Fatal July 4 Boat Crash

The mother of a Northport woman killed in a boat crash on July 4 has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver of the boat. Ricky Latham, 29, was charged with reckless murder in the deaths of Destiny Graben, 23, and Ricky Glover, 46, after the fatal crash on the Black Warrior River near Moundville.

Wrongful Death Suits Filed in Wake of Santa Fe Shootings

The parents of Jake Stone, a student killed during the mass shooting at Santa Fe High School last month, filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Galveston County against the alleged gunman's parents. Antonios Pagourtzis and Rose Kosmetatos are the parents of Dimitrios Pagourtzis who is the accused gunman of the mass shooting that left at least 10 dead and 13 injured. Dimitrios is currently sitting in Galveston County jail awaiting trial.

Worker Killed in Pearland Industrial Accident

Firm Partner Benny Agosto, Jr. and Associate Kelly Woods will be investigating a recent incident involving a worker who was killed in an industrial accident at Houston Tubulars, Inc. on 13600 Hatfield Road in Pearland, Texas. The site is just west of Mykawa Road and north of Broadway. According to a listing for the National Association of Steel Pipes Distributors, Houston Tubulars is a pipe reconditioning company.

Doctor Sued for Wrongful Death Caused by Over-Prescribing Pills

Dr. Celia Lloyd-Turney, an Alabama doctor, is being sued for the wrongful death of one of her patients who died May 15, 2016. The lawsuit was filed by the deceased's administrator and states Dr. Turney began treating Felicia Ann Kelly for "alleged anxiety and chronic pain," back in January 2012. Between 2012 and 2016, Dr. Turney prescribed at least 3,645 oxycodone pills to Kelly, 582 of which were prescribed during the final two and half months of her life. During that time, Kelly was also prescribed several other prescriptions, including opioids and benzodiazepines. Sources say Kelly's toxicology tests detected "fatal levels" of oxycodone and other drugs and that she died from "mixed drug toxicity."

Wrongful Death Suit Filed Against Hit and Run Driver

On the night of January 23, 2017, Thomas "Tommy" Ketterhagen was reported missing by his family in Georgetown, Texas. He was last seen cycling on the shoulder of the road along the 2300 block of Patriot Way. After searching for him all night, his mother found his body and parts of his bicycle in the grass on the side of the road the next morning.

Mentally Disabled Son Dies as a Result of Excessive Use of Force by Port Arthur Police Department

On the morning of August 1, 2016, Manuel Delacruz tragically died as a result of excessive use of force by officers of the Port Arthur Police Department. Manuel was 26-years-old and suffered from severe schizophrenia. On the morning of his death, he went to Medical Center Southeast Texas in Port Arthur, Texas for treatment of his mental disorder. Manuel's parents contacted the Port Arthur Police Department to get a mental health warrant in order for Manuel to be treated at the medical center. The law enforcement officers of Port Arthur Police Department engaged in multiple acts of improper and excessive use of force in trying to detain Manuel, including tasing and striking him, which ultimately ended up killing Manuel.

Mother Killed and Two Children Left Injured in Ski Lift Malfunction

A Texas family has filed suit against a Colorado ski resort after a mother and her two children were thrown from a ski lift due to a ski lift malfunction.

Boy Scouts of America Violation of Policy Leads to Untimely Death of Teen

A family has recently filed a lawsuit against Boy Scouts of America, alleging negligence on behalf of the organization for the death of their teenage son. Last June, Reid Comita enrolled in a backpacking course in order to fulfill his final requirement to accomplish Eagle Scout. According to his father, his family specifically signed Reid up for the introductory backpacking class because their son was not very athletic and because that specific course requires that at least two adults accompany the hiking troop. Accordingly, the Comitas felt the introductory course was the safest option for their son.

Teenage Woman Dies from Electrical Current Piping Submerged in River

In 2014, an 18-year-old woman, Madeline Roskie, died when she was electrocuted while inner-tubing on the Puyallup River in Washington State. The family of the deceased woman has sued Puget Sound Energy ("PSE") for wrongful death.

Brown Family Settles with the City of Ferguson

The family of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black man who was fatally shot in 2014 by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, reached a settlement with the City of Ferguson after more than two years of filing a wrongful death lawsuit. The judge agreed to keep the settlement sealed in order to keep the individuals involved in the case safe.

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  • The National Trial Lawyers | Top 100 Trial Lawyers

    The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 is an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state or region who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase objective and uniformly applied process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research.

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    Established in 1993, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (which includes the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum) is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. There are over 4000 members throughout the country. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.

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    In order to earn the Lead Counsel Rating, an attorney must not only demonstrate significant legal experience, but must also receive multiple peer recommendations advocating his or her ability. This is a key component in the screening process.

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