On the morning of January 27, 2017, Marie Moser Meister was waiting for the bus as she did every day when she was crushed by a telephone pole. The telephone pole in question had rotted through, snapped at its base, fallen over, and landed on an unsuspecting Mrs. Meister. She suffered multiple spinal and rib fractures as well as severe paralysis throughout her body. Mrs. Meister also suffered brain injuries and vision problems in both eyes.
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On January 23, 2017, Maria Meister, then 50 years old, was injured when she was struck by a pole that fell on her as she waited for a bus. Mrs. Meister sustained multiple fractures in her spine and ribs. She is paralyzed from her mid-chest down and has limited use of her left arm. Additionally, Mrs. Meister suffers from a brain injury and has vision problems. Her family filed suit and has settled for $125 million.
When someone breaks an arm or a leg, it is easy to see the cast (perhaps signed by well-wishers), the crutches (hopefully padded), and the basic difficulties experienced by the person in trying to walk or grasp things as they once did. But there are common injuries that do not always have such outwardly visible characteristics. Yet their existence is just as, if not more so, real for those who experience them.
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.
On November 5, 2017, 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley opened fire at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, about 30 miles outside of San Antonio. This mass shooting took place during the church's Sunday service. The shooting killed 26 people and injured 20 others and is being called the deadliest mass shooting in Texas history.
Blake Novacek, son of former Dallas Cowboys tight end Jay Novacek, is suing Oklahoma University-based fraternity Beta Theta Pi and affiliated organizations for significant injuries he sustained after he was hit by a baseball bat in a hazing ritual. According to the lawsuit, Novacek is seeking monetary relief of more than $150,000 from Beta Theta Pi, Beta Theta Pi Corporation of Oklahoma, the Gamma Phi (OU) Chapter of Beta Theta Pi, as well as Shane Muselmann and Gavin Martindale, two members of the Gamma Phi Chapter who were allegedly involved in the incident.
On October 1, 2017, Stephen Paddock opened fire from a window on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel onto the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas. The shooting killed 58 people and injured hundreds more and is being called the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
Accidental falls have always been a cause for concern. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), nearly 20% of falls result in some type of injury. In the United States, accidental falls are the most common cause of nonfatal injuries in people over the age of 65. Additionally, three million older patients are treated in the ER for falls, and 800,000 patients are hospitalized for falls each year. Major efforts have been taken to prevent these accidental falls from occurring.
On April 14, 2017, Susan Coons, a 44-year-old- Elizaville resident, was identified as a victim in a work construction accident. Coons was in the process of leveling a field at 7775 Albany Post Road when she was struck by a 800 ton bulldozer. According to state police, the partner was moving the machine to make a minor adjustment to the blade and then noticed that Coons was struck by the bulldozer.
In 2010, Scott Vandenberg and his wife, Patricia Vandenberg, filed a lawsuit in Cook County, Illinois in the Circuit Court. The lawsuit stemmed from an incident that occurred the prior year, in 2009, when Mr. Vandenberg was catastrophically injured while attending his company's party on a yacht. Mr. Vandenberg fell from the top deck of the yacht to the bottom deck, and unfortunately, he broke his neck from the fall and was rendered quadriplegic. The yacht was owned by Brunswick Corporation and was being chartered by RQM, L.L.C.