Myrtle Beach State Park Shooting has Local Officer Under Investigation

The Horry County Police Department has admitted that a shooting episode at the Myrtle Beach State Park did result in one man being injured and that one of their officer’s actions during the event are currently under investigation.


Officers first went to the Myrtle Beach State Park in response to a call of a person who was behaving suspiciously. The caller said the man had a rifle. The responding officers found the individual in questions sitting inside a vehicle. One officer walked up the car and asked the occupant to get out.

Not only did the man refuse to comply with the order, police reports indicate that he “acted in a way” that led the officer to firing his weapon, injuring the man, who was transported to the hospital for treatment. No word as to whether or not the man was actually armed. The officer in question has been placed on administrative activities until the conclusion of the investigation.

10849243_G“It’s my greatest hope that the investigation will reveal that the officer did nothing wrong, and that this was a case of him following police procedure and protecting himself in the proper and legal manner,” said Joseph Sandefur, managing partner of a top personal injury firm with an office headquartered in Myrtle Beach.

Although they sometimes seem to forget it, police officers aren’t above the letter of the law. Rules are in place to create a series of checks and balances that allow the officers to uphold the law without resorting to measures that would lead to a police state type of justice system. The problem is that sometimes even the best officers make a mistake that results in someone getting hurt, or worse.

When this happens, measures can be taken to encourage the officers to stop, think, and use more care the next time they’re in a similar situation. One of these measures is done in the civil court system.

If someone has been injured as the result of a misjudgment a police officer has made, they are well within their legal rights to file a lawsuit against the officer, the police department, or anyone else who could have done something to prevent the incident from occurring. The terms of the lawsuit allow the injured party to seek financial compensation for the losses they sustained as a result of the incident. In most cases, the plaintiff chooses to ask for lost wages, medical expense, and pain and suffering.

lightsIt’s important to remember that every single personal injury case is quite different. The only way to determine if you will be successful in a civil case is contacting an experienced law firm, such as Joe and Martin.

During a free consultation, they will listen as you describe the details of your unique case and offer their legal opinion about how they think you should proceed. If everyone determines that a lawsuit is the best course of action, your personal injury lawyer will support and guide you through each step of the process.



Settlement Reached Between Melissa Rivers and the Medical Establishment Responsible for Her Mother’s Death

The medical malpractice case Melissa Rivers filed after the death of her famous mother, Joan Rivers, has been settled. Joan Rivers was a fashion icon and comedian who was admitted to a New York medical clinic, The Yorkville Endoscopy, for an endoscopy in 2014. After she passed away, an autopsy revealed that she’d died as a direct result of brain damage caused by a lack of oxygen during the endoscopy. Melissa Rivers filed the medical malpractice suit the following January. The amount of the settlement was not released, which is normal when cases are resolved outside of court.

15768423-large“It’s always tragic when a celebrity passes away as the result of a medical mistake, but it’s also an educational opportunity,” said Jeffrey Killino managing partner of “Melissa River’s handled her mother’s medical malpractice case perfectly. She read the medical reports, she looked at the facts, and when she realized that her mother’s death could have been prevented, she enlisted the services of a legal team who helped her resolve the matter. It’s exactly what anyone who has lost someone as a result of a mistake made by a medical team should do.”

When you enter a medical facility, you expect that the medical team will provide you with the best possible care and will do everything in their power to make sure you leave the clinic in better shape than what you were in when you entered it. Sadly, medical teams are human, and as such they’re prone to making mistakes just like all people. The problem is that when medical teams experience a lapse in judgement or temporary shift in their focus, the results are all too often fatal.

joan-riversA death caused by a mistake made by medical personal isn’t something you just have to accept. While there’s nothing that can be done to bring your loved one back, you can take legal steps to ensure that no one has to experience the same grief and sense of loss that you’re going through.

Don’t assume that the medical team will step up and simply take the blame for their mistakes and offer you a settlement. They rarely do. The best way to resolve the matter is with the help of a good personal injury lawyer who specializes in medical malpractice and wrongful death cases.

medical-malpracticeNot only will your personal injury attorney help you file the necessary paperwork, they’ll also launch an in depth investigation that explores all the nuances of your case. Based on what they find, they’ll offer advice about who should be listed as the defendants in the case and how large a settlement you should request.

Don’t assume that just because you’re filing a medical malpractice case, that you’ll be forced to attend a trial. More often than not, these cases are settled outside a courtroom during the negotiation phase.

Contact us if you would like to speak to a good attorney about a wrongful death someone you suffered as a result of a medical mistake.


Violent South Carolina Crash Leads to Major Injuries After Teen Runs Stop Sign

On Thursday afternoon, a bad crash rocked South Carolina. One car involved in the accident almost went into a home and four people involved were transported to the hospital.

Of those sent to the hospital, one was a mother and her terrified four-year-old daughter rode along with her. These two were in a BMW that was driven by another woman. The driver of the BMW suffered the most serious injuries in the crash. A witness to the accident stated, “They had to cut the car to take her out. It looked like, at one point, her hand went down like she fainted.”

The sound of the crash could be heard as far as a block away, according to residents in the area. One of vehicles involved landed right next to a house at the scene.

A neighbor who lives in the area of the crash, Eudaldo Cuello, told reporters, “I live five houses down and I heard a loud noise. It doesn’t sound like a normal crash, it sounds like a bomb.” The other vehicle involved in the crash was a Nissan and there were teens as driver and passenger.

According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the two teens in the Nissan were on 43rd Street going east and they ran right into the BMW. This vehicle was on 87th Avenue going north.

The teen driving the Nissan should not have been driving and he did not stop at a stop sign, causing the accident, according to police. “The individual who caused the accident by running the stop sign, was a minor operating a vehicle with a learner’s permit,” according to Joe Sanchez of the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

This was a preventable accident. The law in South Carolina states that teenage drivers with the learner’s permit can only operate a vehicle when there is a licensed adult present. Both of the teens in this accident were 16 years of age and both attend Southwest Senior High School.

The conditions of two of the four victims was known at the time of publication: one was listed as being in the hospital in critical condition and another was listed in the hospital as a trauma alert. It is not known which of the victims these describe. It is also not known what the condition of the other two victims were at the time.

“When it comes to personal liability in a vehicle crash, the matter can be quite complicated,” according to Attorneys Joe and Martin of South Carolina’s top personal injury law firm. “The victims are dealing with the worst day of their lives and there is both a financial and an emotional toll associated with this kind of tragedy.” For more visit

The biggest problem with young people is that they do not learn good road signs and traffic regulations. Often they drive fast and under the influence of alcohol. It is necessary to increase the control of traffic but it also needs to increase control and the driving school.

The crash is still being investigated and local police and the South Carolina Highway Patrol are working to reconstruct the scene and interview other potential witnesses. The four victims remain in the hospital and the public awaits an update on their status.