One dies in Pike County two-vehicle collision

A two-vehicle collision that happened Tuesday, November 29 on Kentucky Route 194 near Kimper Elementary School in Pike County, Kentucky resulted in the death of one individual.

According to an interview of the Kentucky State Police with East Kentucky Broadcasting, a pickup truck had a head-on collision with a gravel truck along that expanse of road. The two people, who were ejected from both vehicles, were first taken to Pikeville Medical Center in Pikeville and were transferred to UK Hospital in Lexington. The Fayette County Coroner identified the person who eventually died because of the accident as 24-year-old Jerry Leedy, the driver of the pickup truck. Leedy appeared not to be wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident, but alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the accident.

As state police continue to investigate the accident, the attorneys at Wilson & McQueen, PLLC want to send condolences to those hurt by this accident and similar occurrences across Kentucky.

Tractor-pickup truck collision kills one

An individual lost his life during a tractor-pickup truck collision on Old Richmond Road near Evans Mill Road in Lexington, Kentucky at around 11:42 a.m. on Tuesday, November 1.

According to preliminary investigations, a pickup truck had been traveling along that road when it collided with a tractor-trailer. A person in the pickup truck was declared dead at the sene of the accident while another was transported to a nearby hospital for the treatment of said person’s incapacitating injuries.

Old Richmond Road had been closed to public traffic for around five hours to make way for police investigators’ assessment of the area and maintenance personnel cleanup. A portion of the road was finally opened at around 5:15 p.m. of the same day.

The attorneys of Wilson & McQueen, PLLC send their thoughts to the victim and their loved ones.

Alabama jury awards $1.725M to slip and fall victim in Dollar General

An Alabama jury awarded $1.725 million to a plaintiff on Wednesday, September 21 after she filed a lawsuit against the Alabama branch of Dollar General. The plaintiff ruled the store’s inadequate inspection policies directly caused the customer to sustain her injuries.

The accident happened at Dollar General Store No. 7853 in Mobile on July 9, 2012 when customer Deborah Revette, who was 60 years old when the incident occurred, slipped on clear liquid laundry detergent on the floor in the chemical aisle, incurring serious leg and shoulder fractures. Her injuries led to eight surgeries, 359 doctor visits, and more than $470,000 in medical expenses. During the hearing, Dollar General revealed its practice of conducting visual inspections for a mere 10 minutes of the day to ensure the whole store is safe.

The attorneys at Wilson & McQueen, PLLC provide legal services for our clients in Lexington and other areas of Kentucky. We handle personal injury accident cases such as premises liability and slip and fall accidents. Call our offices today at (800) 953-2373 to learn more about our services.

Jim Carrey sued by ex-girlfriend’s estranged husband

A wrongful death lawsuit was filed against 54-year-old actor and comedian Jim Carrey in Los Angeles Superior Court last Monday, September 19 by Mark Burton of Portland, Oregon. Burton is the estranged husband of 31-year-old makeup artist Cathriona White, Carrey’s former girlfriend. The lawsuit alleges that Carrey provided the prescription drugs White used to overdose, which led to her death in September 2015.

Carrey called the lawsuit a “heartless attempt to exploit him.” He added “I will not tolerate this heartless attempt to exploit me or the woman I loved. I really hope that someday soon people will stop trying to profit from this and let her rest in peace.”

Carrey said he vows to fight the lawsuit made by White’s estranged husband, noting “It would be easy for me to get in a back room with this man’s lawyer and make this go away, but there are some moments in life when you have to stand up and defend your honor against the evil in this world.”

Our attorneys at Wilson & McQueen, PLLC provide legal services for our clients in Lexington and other areas of Kentucky. Call our offices today at (800) 953-2373 to discuss your case and learn more about our services.

GM settles two bellwether cases

Detroit-based automaker General Motors Co. announced on Tuesday, September 6 that it reached settlements in two lawsuits lodged against them. The plaintiffs in this case allege that they sustained serious injuries in accidents that resulted from the company’s defective ignition switches.

The settlements would cut short the trials scheduled for the automaker, which issued a public apology for a faulty automotive part held responsible for 124 fatalities and other injuries in the United States. GM also issued a recall for 2.6 million of its vehicles to remedy the issue, and it created an automatic compensation program for accident victims and their families.

One of the settled cases was that of of Virginia resident Stephanie Cockram, who said she has spent more than $100,000 in medical expenses and that she missed several days of work due to a 2011 Chevrolet Cobalt accident that gave her traumatic brain injury and a fractured vertebra.

Our attorneys at Wilson & McQueen, PLLC will work with you throughout the process of resolution of your personal injury accident case. Do not hesitate to give us a call if you are injured in an accident in Lexington or other areas in Kentucky by dialing (800) 953-2373.

Judge denies Corning and Philips motion to dismiss case

United States District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove denied a motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed by glass and ceramics manufacturer Corning Inc. and Philips Electronics on Wednesday, August 17. The two companies sought to disarm a class action suit, which claimed that illnesses and property damage were caused by the release of hazardous materials at a glass manufacturing facility in Danville, Kentucky. Corning owned the facility from 1952 to 1983 and Philips owned it from 1983 to 2013.

Corning and Philips said the property owners’ claims should be dismissed because they did not submit affidavits that contained certain information about their personal injury and property damage claims. The failure to release information, they say, is a violation of the so-called Lone Pine case management order.

Meanwhile, Van Tatenhove said the property owners had complied with the Lone Pine order, noting in his judgment: “While the provided information could, at times, be more specific, at this stage of the litigation, plaintiffs are required only to present some evidence in support of their claims.”

Contact the attorneys at Wilson & McQueen, PLLC by calling our offices at (800) 953-2373 if you were hurt in a personal injury accident in Lexington or another area of Kentucky due to the negligent and irresponsible actions of other parties. We want to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.

Schlitterbahn investigates Kansas water slide

Schlitterbahn guest Caleb Thomas Schwab lost his life on Sunday, August 7 riding the world’s tallest water slide at the Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City. Police said they found his body at around 2:30 p.m. in the pool at the end of the water ride.

Police said Schwab was riding in a three-person raft on the 168-foot tall Verruckt with two women who were both unrelated to him. They incurred injuries to the face and sought medical treatment at nearby hospitals. The Wyandotte County Medical Examiner said he was not yet ready to make official statements as to Schwab’s cause of death. Schwab’s family was able to raise the $15,000 goal for Schwab’s funeral expenses using a GoFundMe fundraising web page. Kansas City police officials are conducting further investigations into the incident to find out what caused the accident in the first place.

The attorneys at Wilson & McQueen, PLLC are saddened to hear of this tragedy. We are sending our thoughts to the family of the victim in this accident as they mourn their tremendous loss.

La Mesa assisted living facility about to lose license for patient death

A number of fights among dementia patients at the California-based, 56-bed assisted living facility Elmcroft of La Mesa, including a violent beating that resulted in the death of 92-year-old Norma Desick on March 8, 2015, has put the memory care center’s operating license in trouble.

Elmcroft is set to have a license-revocation hearing before the California Department of Social Services in late August 2016; this is in line with issues about lack of supervision and staff training that had been hounding the facility since 2014.

Additionally, Elmcroft is facing a civil lawsuit and an investigation by the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, which has already revoked the licenses of 26 assisted living facilities this year – most of them having only 10 beds each but a number of them belonging to the larger assisted living facility category with 100 beds each.

Our thoughts go out to the victim and her loved ones, as well as anyone who has had to face such devastating events. Our attorneys at Wilson & McQueen, PLLC are ready to help you through these trying times.

Kentucky ranked 34th safest state in the country

A new study conducted by the personal finance website WalletHub showed that Kentucky ranked 34th on its list of the safest states in the United States in 2016.

The study compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 25 metrics, such as home and community safety, financial safety, road safety, workplace safety, and safety from natural disasters. Of these categories, Kentucky did the best in the home and community safety category, ranking number 34 of 50. According to the study, the top 10 safest cities in the U.S. are Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Maine, Connecticut, Minnesota, Virginia, Utah, and Iowa. The least safe is Mississippi.

The experienced attorneys at Wilson & McQueen, PLLC are committed to helping you stay safe in Kentucky. We put our legal experience to good use for personal injury accident cases in Lexington and other areas of Kentucky because we want to hold irresponsible people accountable for their actions. Find more about what we can do to help you by calling our offices today at (800) 953-2373.

Employee dies in Lexington workplace accident

An employee of Lexington, Kentucky-based fireplace store Tyson Stone International, Inc., also known as Tyson Granite and Stone, lost his life after a slab of granite fell on him while he was working, WKYT reported on May 14.

According to Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts, the victim, who was not immediately identified by the police, was already dead when police, fire, and emergency crews arrived at the business and place of accident at just before 10:20 a.m.

Roberts noted that the employee had been trying to move, with the help of other people, a piece of granite that had been blocking the establishment when the workplace accident happened. Roberts did not or was unable to disclose whether the victim was driving or outside of a vehicle, and how many people were involved in the attempt to move the granite.

Investigators from the Kentucky Labor Cabinet arrived at the area the same afternoon to further investigate the fatal accident.