Construction worker dies in workplace accident

A West Virginia resident and construction worker Michael Perschitti, 47, lost his life on Friday, January 13 around 11 a.m. at the construction site of the new University of Kentucky Student Center on the Avenue of Champions in Louisville, Kentucky.

Perschitti was involved in an accident at the construction site and died as a result of multiple blunt force trauma following the accident. Perschitti was employed by Lexington-based Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal, a press release stated. In a statement issued by UK Police Chief Joe Monroe the same day, he said, “UK Police currently has an open investigation into the incident that appears to have been an accident. We are conducting interviews of individuals who were on the roof with the worker in addition to working with the Fayette County Coroner’s Office.”

The Sampson Law Firm knows how painful construction accidents can be for families, especially those who lose a loved one. Our thoughts are with the family of the victim as they recover from their loss.


Kentucky records over 800 fatal accidents in 2016

Kentucky reported that it recorded 810 fatalities due to vehicular accidents in 2016. Seven individuals lost their lives in vehicular accidents all over Kentucky over the New Year’s eve weekend.

Kentucky State Police troopers said among the biggest factors of fatal vehicular accidents in the state were driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs and distracted driving, mostly because people used cell phones while driving. Trooper Bernie Napier noted the importance of “Paying attention to your surroundings and to what other drivers around you are doing, because if you’re driving along and paying attention, you might see the guy next to you who’s on his cell phone and you might know to be a little more cautious because you don’t know what he’s going to do.”

Napier encouraged parents to install an application on their children’s phones that automatically shuts down the texting features of a cell phone if the cell phone is inside a vehicle going beyond a certain speed. Over 200 of the 810 people who died in car accidents were between the ages of 16 and 29, troopers said.

Our attorneys at the Sampson Law Firm provide legal services in Louisville and other areas of Kentucky. We help our clients pursue personal injury accident claims against individuals or parties who have caused harm because of their negligent or reckless actions. Call our offices today at (502) 584-5050.


Blackwater Road accident victim is Laurel County’s 13th fatality of the year

A single vehicular crash that transpired on Blackwater Road (Kentucky Route 1803) in Laurel County, Kentucky on Thursday, December 15 at around 7 a.m. resulted in the death of 66-year-old Marydell Road in London resident Donnie Ray Smith, who was considered the county’s 13th fatality of the year.

Investigators have suggested that the man had been traveling east on Blackwater and left the road briefly while on a curve, overcorrecting and going into the opposite ditch, rolling several times. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

A Barbourville woman who was killed on November 30 along Kentucky Route 229 during a single vehicular accident had been the last fatality for the year until Smith’s death. Other fatalities included a pedestrian getting struck by an oncoming vehicle, three that involved an all-terrain vehicle, and one that involved a motorcycle. The fatality count was nearly double that of the previous year.

Our most sincere condolences from Sampson Law Firm go out to the victim and his loved ones.


Bowman two-vehicle collision kills two

Two people lost their lives during a deadly two-vehicle collision that happened on Monday, November 28 before 2 p.m. at Taylorsville Road and Betty Lane near Louisville, Kentucky.

According to preliminary investigations, as reported by Louisville Metro Police spokesman Dwight Mitchell, a sedan driver attempted to make a left turn from Dutchmans Lane towards eastbound Taylorsville Road and crashed into a pickup truck that was headed west on Taylorsville Road.

The driver and the passenger of the sedan were declared dead at the scene of the accident. The driver of the pickup truck, on the other hand, was brought to the University of Louisville Hospital to receive immediate medical attention for his minor injuries.

Our most sincere condolences from the Sampson Law Firm go out to the victims and their loved ones, as well as hope for the speedy recovery of the surviving driver.


Two dead in Bowman Field collision

Two people lost their lives after a two-vehicle collision occurred near Bowman Field on Taylorsville Road. The accident, which occurred near Betty Lane in Louisville, Kentucky, happened last Monday, November 28.

According to preliminary investigations made by local police, a white pickup truck was traveling west on Taylorsville Road when it collided with a green car that was trying to turn onto Taylorsville Road. The passenger and the driver in the car died at the scene of the accident, police said. On the other hand, the driver of the pickup truck was brought to a nearby hospital for the immediate treatment of his non-life-threatening injuries. Police are still investigating the cause of the accident.

At the Sampson Law Firm, we see the aftermath of tragic car accidents far too often. Our sincerest thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of the victims as they mourn the sudden loss of their loved ones.


McCracken County vehicular accident injures four teenagers

McCracken County Sheriff’s Department deputies reported a single-vehicle accident, which occurred around 11:16 p.m. on Friday, November 11 in the 5700 block of Old Mayfield Road, caused injuries to four teenagers.

According to preliminary investigations, 16-year-old Paducah resident Jacoy-ce Hunt was driving along Old Mayfield Road when he lost control of the vehicle by swerving to avoid an animal standing in the middle of the road. The swerve caused the vehicle to hit a culvert before flipping over. Hunt and three other teenagers between the ages of 14 and 16 sustained non-life-threatening injuries. They were all taken to Lourdes Hospital to receive medical attention.

A personal injury accident does not cause only emotional and physical trauma, but also forces victims to undergo a painful recovery process involving expensive medical bills as a result. If you were the victim of a personal injury accident due to the negligent actions of other people in Louisville and other areas in Kentucky, get in touch with our attorneys at the Sampson Law Firm by calling our offices today at (502) 584-5050 so we can help you file the appropriate lawsuit.


Two killed in Hebron vehicular accident

Two residents of Louisville, Kentucky lost their lives in a vehicular accident in Hebron on Saturday, October 22. The Boone County accident killed 27-year-old Benkat Prashant Kommu and 25-year-old Raja Sakar Reddy Yarmala.

According to preliminary investigations made by police investigators, the driver of the vehicle veered off the roadway, went airborne, and then crashed into a tree. Although Kommu and Yarmala were killed because the vehicle lost control, a third passenger and the vehicle’s driver remained unharmed during the incident. Police investigators are currently conducting further probes into the matter to find out what factors might have contributed to the crash in the first place.

At the Sampson Law Firm, our attorneys handle tragic and fatal cases such as this one far too often. Our thoughts and condolences are with the friends and family of the victims in this accident as they mourn the loss of their loved ones.


One dies in Outer Loop vehicular accident

A woman lost her life and another was injured on Saturday, October 22 just before 5:30 a.m. in a hit-and-run accident near the corner of Outer Loop and Grade Lane in Louisville, Kentucky.

According to Louisville Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman Alicia Smiley, the two women were riding in a Dodge Caliber westbound along the Outer Loop when a Volkswagen Jetta turning onto the road from Grade Lane collided with their vehicle. This incident caused the two women to get out of their vehicle. As they were standing near their car and surveying the damage the collision brought on, a Chevrolet 1500 pickup truck headed east on Outer Loop crashed into the two women and their vehicle. The driver of the pickup truck left the scene of the accident. One of the women died because of her mortal injuries at the scene while the other woman was transported to the University of Louisville Hospital for treatment of her injuries of an unknown nature.

The Louisville Metropolitan Police Department is asking the public who may have information regarding the incident to contact them by calling 574-LMPD (5673).


Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones no longer allowed on planes

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 smartphones will no longer be allowed on modes of air transportation within, from, and to the United States, beginning Saturday, October 15. The change is under the order of the Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration made on October 14.

The ban was made because of reports that units of the Samsung smartphone model have spontaneously combusted and caught fire or exploded. Passengers who try to take their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones with them inside airplanes will be subject to fines and criminal prosecution and will have their phones confiscated.

If you sustained physical or emotional trauma during a personal injury accident caused by the negligent actions of an individual in Louisville or other areas of Kentucky, seek financial compensation with the legal assistance of our attorneys at the Sampson Law Firm by calling our offices today at (502) 584-5050.


Supreme Court favors woman who sues Louisville hospital

Nearly a quarter of a decade ago, Wanda Johnson was the victim of a truck accident and faced traumatic injuries to her spine, pelvis, and brain. She was initially hospitalized in Louisville, Kentucky and after a month was moved to another hospital to continue her treatment.

Her condition upon arrival began to deteriorate and she filed a lawsuit against the original hospital for damages in accordance with the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act when the first hospital apparently didn’t use the proper screening procedures before transferring her to another facility.

When she lost the summary judgment and then was rejected by the Court of Appeals, she made an appeal to the Supreme Court of the United Sates. The ruling was that the EMTALA provision does not require a showing of improper motive on the part of the medical facility for the plaintiff to be able to sue it; it does not demand an “appropriate stabilization, nor can it be reasonably read to require an improper motive.”

If you had been in an accident and then were further hurt by the medical staff that you in Louisville or other areas in Kentucky, you have found the legal defenders who are willing and able to take on these purveyors of unnecessary and inconvenient plight. Contact one of our attorneys at Sampson Law Firm today by calling (502) 584-5050.

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