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J_BaryThe news team at WCNC out of Charlotte has been conducting an interesting investigation into the deaths of people strapped to restraint chairs while in custody. These chairs are frequently used when inmates who are violent, drugged, or mentally ill are transported. At least four people have been killed by them in the Carolinas, and at least three dozen nationwide.

It is unknown if these chair deaths are being under-reported. Some jails have stopped using them after having to settle lawsuits because of the deaths. Human rights groups have also called for these chairs to be banned.

The reason that people die in these chairs is that they’re unable to respond appropriately to medical emergencies. Sometimes the prisoners convulse in the chair and cause damage to their bodies. Excessive restraint can cause blood clots to form, leading to death when the prisoner is released. Others have choked on their vomit, or thrown themselves and the chair against walls violently.

Sometimes it’s even police action after restraint that causes the injury. One mentally ill man was sprayed with pepper spray after being restrained in a chair. There are many other stories linked in the article describing these incidents.

Psychiatrists say that restraint should only be used when all else fails, but detention officers like to use them to prevent attacks on staff and officers. However, if the injury rates continue to rise, lawsuits will continue to be filed.

Even convicted criminals and their families have the right to pursue civil cases for injuries they received while in custody. If you feel you have a case, call our law office immediately for more information.

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Accidents can happen even on the best of days. They can seem senseless, leaving people with questions. How will they move on? How can they pay for the damage? Sometimes the damage is irreparable.

On what should have been a very happy day, two families now face a funeral just hours after a wedding in Georgia.  As reported in WSOC, a witness was driving when he saw the groom stumbling on the side of the road. He was covered in blood and his shirt was torn up.

The Georgia State Patrol was called and the groom was questioned. He and his bride had just left their wedding reception in a sports car. The car went off the road when he tried to swerve to avoid hitting a dog. The car rolled down an embankment. The bride was thrown out of the car and the car rolled right on top of her.

The groom is now recovering in a local hospital, but they police say that charges may be pressed depending on a blood test. If they find that the groom was drunk when he left the wedding reception, there will be even more tragedy added to this sad case.

The families might be justifiably angry, and file a wrongful death claim in their grief. It is okay to consult with a lawyer who will listen to your case compassionately and explain your legal options. Anytime you or a family member have been injured, it’s possible that you may be entitled to compensation. If you live in North Carolina, call the law offices of Auger & Auger for a free consultation about your injury claim.

Public Domain PhotosPeople who commit senseless violence are punished by the criminal system, but victims are also entitled to seek damages through civil proceedings as well. The results of a criminal case weigh heavily in a civil court. The question will turn from “will he pay?” to “how much will he pay?”

Take the case of a man from Union County who is accused of an unprovoked attack on a teen as the teen was leaving church.  He was stabbed seven times with a screwdriver. He received injuries to his pancreas, intestines, and his neck. The teen is recovering at a local hospital, unable to speak but able to write.

Witnesses were shocked at the attack, and believe that the man may have been on drugs. The two individuals had never met previously. Even more shocking, this isn’t the first time this man stabbed someone unprovoked. He did a similar act in 2010 in a Walmart parking lot.

The criminal evidence is heavy against this man, and if he is convicted in this attack the teen may be eligible for substantial damages. Hiring a personal injury lawyer after an attack or an accident is the first step in determining if a civil case is worth pursuing in court. If you have been the recipient of violence from another person, call Auger & Auger for a free, no-obligation consultation.

Credit: Jennifer C.Pit bulls are a common breed of dog in the US, and one that is regarded as being very dangerous. In actuality, they’re not as dangerous at their reputation but they do require a lot of training to handle correctly. Because of their “tough dog” reputation though, sometimes irresponsible owners will get one and fail to train the dog correctly. This can lead to gruesome dog attacks.

However, an interesting case in Charlotte might give someone pause. Two officers were arresting a man on Allen Street when a pit bull attacked. One of the officers said his foot got bit. The other officer pulled his gun and shot the animal once, causing it to run off. The news story doesn’t say if the animal belonged to the man being arrested.

Was the officer justified in shooting the dog? It is difficult to say without more information. The officer might be held liable by Internal Affairs for unnecessarily discharging his weapon. Perhaps he was scared because the dog was a pit bull. The owner may be held responsible because the dog was improperly penned. Time will tell as this case plays out.

Auger & Auger have been representing personal injury cases, including dog bites, since 1994. We can help you determine if you have a legal case and get you the compensation you need from the dog owner. You may be eligible for medical costs, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other forms of recovery. Call today for more information.

Credit: Vox EfxThis yuletide season, many drivers are already expected to brave the roads. AAA predicts that approximately one-third of Americans, or 94 million people, will travel more than 50 miles between Saturday and New Year’s. More than 90% of these people will be driving. If you’re one of them, consider following these safety driving tips:

1. Plan in advance — scheduling your trip beforehand will help you avoid worst peak traffic periods. It is also advisable to identify the safest routes. Roadside hazards like ditches, trees and narrow shoulders can increase risks while travelling. Intersections can be hazardous as well as busy roads without a median barrier. Being armed with such information can make you adjust your driving to different situations and take extra care on higher risk rural roads.

2. Make sure that your vehicle is safe before hitting the road. Check your vehicle, including brakes, tire tread and pressure as well as power steering fluid, coolant and lights. Also, when packing your vehicle, make certain that everything is securely stowed. Sometimes, even small objects can become perilous missiles in the event of a sudden stop or crash.

3. Seat belts save lives so buckle up and use correctly fitted child restraints. The most significant thing that you can do to improve your level of safety while driving is by making sure that you and everyone in your car are wearing seat belts. Additionally, properly using and fitting child restraints, child safety harnesses or booster seats can significantly reduce the risk of serious injury or death.

4. You must drive to the conditions. Conditions refer to the weather, the road you are on, traffic conditions, your vehicle and load,speed, and you.

5. Keep your cool and always remember that you are sharing the road. Traffic volumes increase during the holidays and can be really frustrating, but still, you have to be patient. Don’t be provoked by other drivers’ aggressive behavior. You will be sharing the road with other vehicles as well as pedestrians so you have to be careful to avoid triggering a crash.

There are lots of things that we can do to avoid accidents. But if you’re unfortunate enough to become a victim of a crash, contact Auger & Auger for a free consultation. We may be able to help you.

Credit: Rayb777No words can explain the suffering and pain a person feels after the untimely death of a loved one, especially if the tragic incident occurred as a result of other people’s negligence. The victim’s family will not just grieve for the life that was taken from them, but they might also have to deal with loss of income, funeral expenses, and loss of future financial assistance from the victim. Just imagine how painful it could be; what more if the incident happened right before Christmas? Instead of celebrating the season with the whole family, the aftermath of the fatality might leave surviving family members hopeless — enduring the heartache of losing someone they love.

For an instance, a 62-year-old man visiting relatives in Utah during the Christmas season was killed in a two-vehicle crash. According to police report, Randall “Randy” Rummage was driving a Honda Accord westbound in the 1400 block of North Main Street Sunday, about 2:30 p.m., when the car was broadsided by a Jeep Liberty. As stated by the authorities, Rummage was stuck in the vehicle but freed and rushed to a hospital where he later died of injuries. On the other hand, the driver of the other vehicle, 48-year-old Bryan Long of Springville was not seriously injured. Police say they believe Long ran a red light and hit Rummage’s car. At present, charges are pending against him.

If you are a victim of an accident, have acquired major injuries, or have lost someone as a result of other people’s carelessness, we urge you to standup for your rights! A knowledgeable attorney can evaluate your case and determine wrongful death damages in accordance with wrongful death law. Contact Auger & Auger for a free consultation.

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We can’t deny the fact that accidents can happen anytime, every day, every hour, and even every minute. People can receive property damage, or major injuries that greatly affect their normal life and, if their unlucky enough, they could even die. However, some people manage to get away from an accident with little injury. Some people might think that they are really lucky to stay alive after facing an accident. Such luck rarely occurs, but for a very fortunate biker in North Carolina, it happened not just once — but twice!

In Asheville NC, a man was driving on a moped when suddenly an SUV clipped him. He was lucky as he rolled off the bike and got back up on his feet unharmed, but the story did not end there. He tried to approach the SUV that hit him, but as he walks up the driver took off. The scene was caught on a surveillance camera at a nearby business in Asheville. Amazingly, the moped rider was still unhurt. There is no word on charges. According to people who work and live along the road, the incident is not surprising and similar incidents happen almost every day.

If you are a victim of an accident, considering yourself lucky to survive may not be enough. You could be facing major medical bills, and sometimes injuries won’t pop up until weeks after an accident. Let an experienced attorney assist you with your situation. Knowing your rights and acquiring legal protection will certainly help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact Auger & Auger today for a free consultation.

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Contrary to what is portrayed in action movies, police chases are not a job perk of being a police officer. They are very dangerous to the officers and to the general public, even though they may be necessary to catch an even more dangerous criminal. Crashes from police chases can happen, and one in Charlotte happened last week.

In this case, the police units involved were US Marshalls hunting for a federal fugitive. They identified the man and he took off in his car. A chase started through North Charlotte. In the end the man was captured, but one of the deputies crashed into a tractor trailer while in pursuit. A witness says he was going so fast that there was no way he could have stopped in time.

According to the NHTSA in a study of data from 1994 to 2002, there were 2654 fatal crashes involving police chases with a total number killed of 3146. 1088 of these people were not in the fleeing vehicle. While the rate of death from a police chase is very low compared to many other things, one death is still too many.

If you have been injured as a third party in a police chase, you may wish to consult with a lawyer about pursuing damages from the police department. Innocent parties shouldn’t have to suffer for the actions of police chases, no matter what the reasons. Call the law offices of Auger & Auger today so we can consult with you about your case.

Credit: Rodrigo Marin MatamorosWhen grief and pain strike a person, they can react in very unusual ways. Sometimes these acts are criminal. One of the classic phases that a person will enter is anger over what happened. That’s what may have happened in a case in Charlotte earlier this week that has one man fighting for his life in a coma.

Two room-mates were living together near Harrisburg. One of the room-mate had died earlier that day in an overdose. That man’s brother is now accused of beating the other room-mate with a 2×4 it what may have been revenge for that according to prosecutors.

The victim’s mother said that her son didn’t resist the attack, and was surprised that authorities let the suspect go without posting bail. Currently he is charged with felony assault, but that may get upgraded to murder if his alleged victim dies.

When senseless violence happens like this, there are always more repercussions than just the physical beating and recovery. Medical expenses, lost wages, and other financial hardships can result. Even permanent disability can happen. That’s why it’s important to consult with a lawyer if you or a family member has been injured in a violent act.

The lawyers at Auger & Auger are ready to help defend your claim in court. Call our law offices today for more information. We represent clients all over North Carolina. To view some of our testimonials, click on this link.

truck-acciStatistics show that school buses are the safest mode of transportation for kids on their way to school and coming back home. Each year, they carry about 24 million students and collectively travel more than 4 billion miles. Considering how many children the buses carry and the distance they cover, deaths on the road related to this type of vehicle are extremely rare. In fact, unlike the rate of deaths in automobiles which is eight times higher, school buses have a lower rate of 0.2 deaths per 100 million miles traveled.

According to NHTSA, school buses are specifically designed to be safer than passenger vehicles in avoiding crashes and preventing injury. But still, a few students are unlucky enough to encounter chancy situations while riding. Just like what happened in Yadkinville, N.C. — where a school bus carrying 21 kids from Yadkin County Early College, Forbush High School and Forbush Middle School turned over Tuesday morning.

The accident has sent the driver and nearly a dozen students to the hospital. According to Austin Williams, one of the passengers, the bus was driving down Summertime Road in Yadkinville when it ran off the side of the road at a curve. As a result, students on the bus went flying. After the wreck, Williams immediately called 911. EMS, school administrators and parents were hurried to get to the scene. Fortunately, none of the students were seriously hurt; the most serious injuries were a broken collarbone and a possible concussion.

At present, the bus driver and most of the students involved have been treated and released from the hospital. No other cars were involved in the wreck. However, the cause is still under investigation by highway patrol.

If your beloved daughter or son got involved in a similar accident, have been seriously injured, or traumatized due to other people’s negligence, we urge you to fight for your rights, acquire justice,  and get the compensation you are worthy of. Call Auger & Auger for a free consultation. Let an expert lawyer assist you with your case.

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