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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.


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.


GOP seeks to investigate assertions that NFL tried to influence concussion study

On Thursday, September 15, Republicans in the House of Representatives called for an independent review of claims that the National Football League tried to sway a study showing a link between football and brain disease.

In a statement, the NFL maintained they sought nothing but the truth regarding the study, saying: “The NFL has never wavered in its commitment to advance the science and understanding of concussions and traumatic brain injuries.” Representative Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) started the investigation after sports cable company ESPN reported in December 2015 that the NFL planned to donate $30 million to the NIH [National Institute of Health] for brain research. However, the NFL decided not to go through with the donation after the institute took a $16 million grant from Boston University researcher Robert Stern. The NFL said in its statement on Thursday that its $30 million commitment “was never in doubt.”

Pursuing financial compensation from someone responsible for causing you serious injuries can be taxing. If you need help with the compensation process in Louisville, seek the help of our attorneys at the Sampson Law Firm by calling our offices today at (502) 584-5050.


Ex-Murray State University football player Clay Harrison sues NCAA

Murray State University’s  former football player James “Clay” Harrison filed a class action lawsuit against the Ohio Valley Conference and the National Collegiate Athletic Association on Thursday, September 1.

According to the lawsuit, Harrison was often knocked unconscious during his playing days at Murray State, which caused him to suffer from multiple head traumas, sudden blackouts, and intense headaches. The University is protected under the law, so it is not named as a defendant. According to Murray State’s news source, The News, 25 other cases have been filed since September 1. Although the cases could take years to resolve, they could permanently alter the face of the game.

Our attorneys at Sampson Law Firm provide legal services to clients in Louisville and other areas of Kentucky, and we handle personal injury accident cases such as traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries and medical malpractice suits, among others. Call our offices today at (502) 584-5050 to discuss your case and talk about your options.


New Cut Road motorcycle-pickup truck collision kills one

An individual lost his life during a motorcycle-pickup truck collision that occurred along New Cut Road in Louisville, Kentucky last Tuesday, July 26.

The victim was identified as 29-year-old Jeffersonville resident Jonathan Martin. According to preliminary investigations, Martin was riding his motorcycle down the road when it collided with a pickup truck that was pulling a trailer. A woman who was riding with Martin on the motorcycle sustained critical injuries during the crash. She and Martin were not wearing helmets at the time of the incident. The driver of the pickup truck, on the other hand, did not sustain any injuries.

The attorneys at the Sampson Law Firm see the terrible aftermath of personal injury accidents and know how difficult it can be for families to recover from them. Our thoughts and condolences are with the friends and family of the victim in this accident as they mourn the loss of their loved one.


Jefferson County Public Schools pay $1.75M after student’s legs are broken

Jefferson Public County Schools in Kentucky decided to pay $1.75 million to the family of a 16-year-old boy who sustained two fractured legs after a teaching assistant physically restrained him.

The boy incurred two fractured femurs in November 2014 at the Binet School in Louisville, which caters to children with disabilities. The student in question is autistic, and the injuries he received could have been life-threatening. According to an investigation by the Courier-Journal under open records law, the boy required a blood transfusion because of blood loss due to the injury and was held at the intensive care unit of Kosair Children’s Hospital. JCPS spokeswoman Jennfier Brislin said that even though no lawsuit has been lodged against any party, the JCPS resolved the matter within the past two weeks.

The attorneys at Sampson Law Firm provide legal services to clients in Louisville and focus primarily on personal injury cases. Call our offices at (502) 584-5050 to discuss your legal options and learn how we could help you hold negligent parties responsible.


Contributory Negligence vs. Comparative Negligence

One thing that almost no one knows about regarding personal injury claims is that certain states follow rules that place the injured party at a serious disadvantage when he or she decides to pursue compensation for his or her injuries. If you have been injured in an accident, the amount of your financial restitution will depend on whether the state in which you file your case follows a contributory negligence or comparative negligence standard.

In states where the comparative negligence standard is enforced, a jury will examine the circumstances of an accident to determine whether both parties took part in causing the accident and, if so, exactly how much responsibility each party bears. The judge will then determine what amount of compensation is owed based on the division of accountability. This standard allows injured parties to recover compensation even in situations where their actions contributed in some small way to the accident.

However, in states that enforce the contributory negligence standard, the injured party who is found to have contributed to the accident in any way will lose any chance of being awarded any financial compensation. Only five states follow this standard: Alabama, the District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia.

Call our attorneys at the Sampson Law Firm in Louisville today at (502) 584-5050 to schedule an appointment if you wish to seek compensation for any injuries you sustained as a result of someone else’s negligence.


Kentucky Kingdom defends against injury allegations

Management of Louisville-based amusement park Kentucky Kingdom recently contended that the two personal injury lawsuits filed separately by Felicia Evans and Brandon McLellan against the park were false and are simply an attempt to extort the company, The Courier-Journal reported on October 22.

Kentucky Kingdom’s chief investor Ed Hart made known to the public a signed affidavit from a friend of the plaintiff which claimed that Evans intended to purposefully get injured in order to receive money. In her lawsuit, Evans alleged that she struck her head on the park’s Voodoo Express water slide ride due to the ride’s lack of stability, and now she is experiencing seizures. Hart, however, claimed the two plaintiffs did not follow the park rules and went down the slide together without listening to the lifeguards present.

Evans’ legal counsel said since they filed the lawsuit, his legal office has gotten calls from at least five people who said they were also hurt while using the Kentucky Kingdom rides.

If you were hurt in a personal injury accident in Louisville, you can ask help from our attorneys at the Sampson Law Firm to pursue financial compensation from those responsible for your plight. Call our offices today at (502) 584-5050 to learn more.


Unsafe driving on 3rd Street Road

Police authorities have recently concluded that a recent car accident along 3rd Street Road in Louisville, Kentucky was not caused by speed; however, residents are anxious that the road is not safe for commuters or even pedestrians, WHSA11 reported on July 14.

The speed limit on 3rd Street is 35 miles per hour, but those who live on the street see cars zoom by at 50-60 miles per hour. The additional danger of curves and ditches contribute to the large number of accidents that happen there. One resident’s home is guarded by cement pillars because its previous tenant experienced a car crashing into the house.

Being the victim of a car accident can bring about unfortunate consequences, such as physical injuries and costly medical bills. If you have been injured in a car accident through the fault of someone else, our Louisville attorneys at the Sampson Law Firm may help you pursue compensation. Call our offices today at (502) 584-5050 to schedule an appointment with our legal team.


GM creates compensation program for victims of defective ignition switches

Michigan-based automaker General Motors Co. is jump-starting a program to pay back the victims that were badly affected by an ignition switch defect in many of GM’s small compact cars, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported on June 5.

The defect has been blamed for the deaths of at least 13 people. GM announced it will begin hearing claims on August 1, but the company did not discuss how much money would be given to the victims of their defective products.

Further details concerning the compensation program will be developed in the weeks to come by compensation expert Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM in April. Feinberg previously handled the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund as well as funds for the Boston Marathon bombing and the BP oil spill.

Physical pain, emotional trauma, and costly medical expenses besiege the victims of personal injury accidents. At the Sampson Law Firm in Louisville, we take great pains to ensure just compensation for our clients. Get in touch with our attorneys today by dialing (502) 584-5050.