Friday, July 15, 2011

$775, 000 Settled in Wrongful Termination

About $775,000 has been decided to be paid out to settle a wrongful termination lawsuit against Tri-City Healthcare District to two of nine employees that were fired. Then-Chief Executive Arthur Gonzalez received a severance package worth as much as $1 million while seven of those fired sought damages in excess of $100,000. The firings followed dissatisfaction by the Tri-City board over how the executives handled bonds and communicated with the board regarding earthquake retrofit needs.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Two-Car Accident

One taken to the hospital and three others injured after a two-car accident Saturday night. Ashley Villari, 18, was a passenger in a 2003 Ford Mustang as it traveled down Rt. 30 when it collided with a 2001 Nissan Maxima that was making a right turn off Rt. 30. Villari was taken to the Regional Medical Center with facial injuries and released the next day. Christyne Chiacchia, 31, the driver of the Maxima, was cited with failure to yield and driving with a suspended license. In addition to Villari, three others were injured, but refused treatment at the scene.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Parents Awarded $10 Million

Parents of University of Central Florida football player, Ereck Plancher, were awarded $10 million in their son’s death. Plancher collapsed and died following offseason conditioning drills at the UCF football complex on March 18, 2008. Orange County medical examiner testified Plancher died from complications of sickle cell trait. The examiner told the jury extreme stress caused Plancher’s red blood cells to sickle, or wrap, and quickly damaged his major organs. Dr. Randy Eichner, an expert witness hired by the Plancher family who has spent 25 years studying sickle cell trait, told the jury Plancher could have been saved if UCFAA staff members treated him properly when he first showed signs of distress during his final workout.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Drywall Installer FIles Personal Injury Case

Joseph Brown Jr., a drywall installer, has filed a personal injury lawsuit against McDermott Inc, his employer, after he injured his back while carrying a wooden pallet with sheets of drywall. Brown was assigned to carry pallets along the entryway of a large marine structure being erected at the McDermott fabrication yard. “Brown states the pallets were approximately 200 pounds and he was injured when a co-worker stumbled, forcing Brown to carry the entire weight of the pallet. Brown injured his lower back, he claims.” The defendant is accused of negligence for failing to provide workers with a safe workplace, failing to properly supervise the activities, failing to properly train workers, for requiring workers to carry heavy loads with insufficient assistance and requiring workmen to carry heavy loads along an unsafe egress to the installation site. The plaintiff is seeking damages for physical pain and suffering, mental pain, suffering and anguish, medical expenses, lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, disfigurement and disability, loss of enjoyment of life, interest and court costs.