Articles Tagged with Mark Bello

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A North Carolina volunteer firefighter was struck and killed by a pick-up truck while cleaning storm debris.

Around midnight on October 8, firefighters were dispatched to the site of a tree blocking the roadway. While two firefighters were clearing the debris, a pick-up truck slammed into one of the men. The truck then struck the victim’s vehicle, which crashed into the fire truck. The firefighter died instantly. The fire department said that he was wearing a safety vest, turnout gear and the emergency lights on his vehicle were illuminated, and the emergency lights were illuminated on another patrol car and truck at the time of the crash.

The driver of the truck has been charged with felony by death of a motor vehicle, driving while impaired, no operator’s license, reckless driving, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to reports. He told police that he had smoked a joint earlier in the day, but that he was not impaired at the time of the crash.

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Tiredness and fatigue can often affect one’s driving long before it is noticeable. In such cases, accidents are often more serious because reaction times are delayed or the driver fails to react at all. When a tractor trailer is involved, the results are even more devastating due to the weight and size of the truck. If a trucker drives beyond the regulated hours and fatigue sets in or he falls asleep behind the wheel, the driver and the trucking company may be liable for the accident.

A West Virginia woman filed a lawsuit against a commercial motor carrier and one of its drivers, alleging negligence resulted in the death of her husband.

According to the lawsuit, the commercial truck driver fell asleep behind the wheel, lost control, and struck the victim’s car. The plaintiff also alleges that the defendants failed to properly and adequately inspect the truck to ensure that the tires were safe and negligently placed the truck into service even when the treads were excessively worn. She seeks a trial by jury and compensation medical, funeral and burial expenses, lost earnings and loss of companionship.

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Patients want and deserve quality medical care and treatment, but far too often mistakes happen. When catastrophic medical error occurs, it is important that victims or their family members pursue justice.

Following is a case that shows how long medical malpractices case can take to settle. Yet, it is important to seek justice no matter how long. Unfortunately, many victims will struggle financially during this time as the insurance company obligated to pay damages on behalf of those they insure will deny, delay, and defend the claim. As a result, many injured victims will seek pre-settlement lawsuit funding as an appropriate financial lifeline.

Twelve years ago, a woman was about 40 weeks pregnant when she went to an Illinois hospital after experiencing decreased fetal movement from her unborn child. She was evaluated by a first-year resident who determined the unborn child was in fetal distress. However, another 11 hours passed before the woman was seen by an obstetrician. By the time an emergency C-section was performed, the baby had suffered brain damage. The child was later diagnosed with severe cerebral palsy and a seizure disorder.

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An out-of-court settlement of $7.75 million has been reached in a lawsuit brought by the widow [Linda] of a man [Thomas] who died in a snowmobile-car collision more than 10 years ago.

The case dates back to February 19, 2006 when the couple were guests at The Point at Saranac Lake, a luxury 5-star hotel in upstate New York. The plaintiff claimed that the hotel arranged a snowmobile tour with Adirondack Snowmobile Rental. The tour was set up by the hotel for the couple and four other guests (2 other couples) who were also staying at the hotel, all beginners who had never used a snowmobile before.

They were given a 10 – 20 minute lesson in the operation of the snowmobile before setting off. During the tour, one of the snowmobiles broke down due to a faulty drive belt. The guide decided to head back to the tour’s origin and told the others to follow him. The suit claims the tour guide was in a rush and failed to protect the novice snowmobilers by traveling ahead of them without warning of road crossings and stop signs. The guide crossed a road and the couple followed, unaware they were traveling towards a road and stop sign. It was at this point they were struck by a minivan, killing. Linda suffered a traumatic brain injury, fractures of her tibia, femur and pelvis and underwent 5 surgeries to repair the fractures.

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Anything that results in a loss of income is hard enough, but when due to serious injuries from an auto accident, it can be devastating.

A married, father of three had just started back to work after nearly a year of unemployment. On his way to his newly acquired job, the man was rear-ended by a distracted driver traveling at 60 mph. Due to injuries sustained he underwent neck fusion surgery to join together broken bones. Although the surgery was successful, the rehabilitation was a lengthy process and he was unable to return to work. He ultimately lost his job. The negligent driver’s insurance company offered $60,000 to settle the case.

No one and nothing should force an innocent victim to settle for less than rightfully deserved. Aware that the offer would not even begin to cover his medical expenses let alone lost income, the victim contacted an auto accident attorney. Six months later, the case settled for an undisclosed amount.