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Camp counselor’s choking ‘game’ results in $1M verdict   (access required)

When the mothers of Dylan Walker and Austin Maness, then 9 and 12, picked up their sons from Clemson University’s Camp Military Kid — a program held at Camp Bob Cooper in Summerton, S.C. for children of deployed soldiers — something was clearly wrong. Dylan was sitting by himself in the back of an otherwise full cafeteria, his eyes bloodshot. Austin was noticeably irritable. Once home, both boys couldn’t sleep. Dylan was wetting the bed and began sleeping with his mother. Austin was distant and angry towards his mother. Neither would say what was wrong until Austin’s mother caught him strangling his younger brother, then 8. That’s when they learned about Ronald “Eddie” Riley, a17-year old camper who’d been elevated to the role of junior counselor and was in charge of a group of four boys, including Walker and Maness.

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Over-sedation leads to $851,000 settlement (access required)

A young woman who was unnecessarily sedated by health care workers at a South Carolina surgery center has collected $851,000 to settle a medical-malpractice lawsuit, according to her attorneys. David B. Yarborough Jr. (pictured) of Yarborough Applegate in Mount Pleasant and John D. Clark of the Clark Law Firm in Sumter say their client suffered brain damage as a result of the botched procedure in 2007. The woman, who was 20 at the time of her injury, sued the center along with the gynecologist and certified registered nurse anesthetist, or CRNA, who treated her.

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A story well told nearly doubles settlement offer   (access required)

Along a stretch of highway in Western North Carolina, two old soul mates sat side by side in their car, cruising and enjoying each other’s company as they had done many times before, neither knowing this would be their last drive together. A heating oil truck in the opposite lane swerved across the center line and smashed head-on into the couple’s car. A photo taken that afternoon of Jan. 2, 2009, shows Stefan Juchnowycz, then 86, strapped to a stretcher near the wreckage. The roof of his car is sheared off, hood peeled back. His wife, Ingeburg, 90, lies on an orange backboard on the pavement, her neck broken and with a firefighter and paramedic bent over her. Before they were separated and rushed to the hospital, emergency workers wheeled Stefan’s stretcher close to Inge so he could touch her hand.

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Estate of woman killed by colon perforation collects $7 million  (access required)

Victoria Lynn Harmon married her high school sweetheart at age 19. She and her husband skipped college at first in favor of work, said Winston-Salem attorney W. Thompson Comerford Jr., who with John Kenneth Moser represented the family in a wrongful death and medical malpractice claim brought against the doctor they alleged was responsible for Mrs. Harmon’s death in 2007. “They had two boys and a daughter, and as time passed Mrs. Harmon realized that both boys had learning disabilities,” Comerford said. “That prompted her to go back to school, commuting to Salem College every day from Wilkes County, and she came back as a special education teacher.”

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Jury awards woman who lost two fingers in wreck $4.275 million  (access required)

In this economic climate, even a seasoned lawyer like Earl Taylor worries whether a jury will respond to a really good case. In the case of Rebecca Batchelor, Taylor discovered it will. A Wilson County jury awarded Batchelor $4 million after a June trial. Superior Court Judge Clifton W. Everett Jr. entered a judgment in that amount on June 27.

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Kin of woman killed in motorcycle crash settle for $256,200 (access required)

Valuing the wrongful death case off Maxine Sweatt, a 67-year-old technologist at a hospital blood bank, proved difficult for Winston-Salem attorney Eliot Fus. Sweatt died on Oct.10, 2010, after a motor vehicle accident in Surry County. Lakyn Ashli Webb’s vehicle struck Sweatt’s motorcycle from behind, killing Sweatt. Webb later admitted responsibility for a related traffic infraction. Sweatt’s next of kin were a sister and two half-sisters, and they lived in other parts of the country.

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Stock dispute nets plaintiff $1.1 million jury verdict  (access required)

Randolph James (pictured) was hired six weeks before trial in Barbara Wortley’s suit against Law Enforcement Associates, Inc. Wortley had a feeling the deck was stacked against her in Wake County. Former state Sen. Tony Rand was chairman of the board of LEA. He is the father of Ripley Rand, a former Wake County judge and now U.S. Attorney for the Middle District. Furthermore, Tony Rand is also Wake County Judge Shannon Joseph’s father-in-law. James said that although Rand made several appearances during the trial, any feeling Wortley had that she wouldn’t get a fair shake were laid to rest by the conduct of proceedings before Superior Court Judge Carl Fox. “We received a very fair, even-handed trial,” James said.

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