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Woman Accuses the Detective Who Investigated her Shooting Case of Sexual Assault August 6, 2016

A woman who was not only a victim of domestic violence, but whose husband also tried to kill when he turned a firearm on her and shot five times, has filed a lawsuit naming the Horry County Police Department as the defendant. She claims that one of the department’s former detectives, Allen Large, not only make her participate in nude “catfighting” contests, but also sexually assaulted her.

52fa61f945329.imageThis represents the fourth such sexual assault lawsuit filed against the Horry County Police Department since December, and the second to name Large specifically as the attacker.

When questioned, Large denied all accusations of sexual assaults, but did admit to asking some of the female victims he encountered while on the job if they were interested in the catfighting contests, though his lawyer has advised him to say as little about the topic as possible.

According to the lawsuit, the victim initially contacted the department in 1996 when she wanted to report her husband for domestic violence. In 1998, the violence turned worse. Her husband shot her five different times, concentrating his shots on her hand and back, resulting in life threatening injuries as well as psychological damage.

In both instances, Large was the dective assigned to the case. It took about two years before the victim’s husband was finally arrested for assault and battery. Acording to the victim, Large repeatedly stopped at her house and made rude sexual comments as well as disparaging remarks about her figure.

When her husband was convicted, the victim left the state, only to return later when her grandmother required care. She remarried and again found herself married to a man with abusive tendancies.


In 2015, she contacted the Horry County Police Department after her second husband tried threatened to kill her and once again, the case was assigned to Large. She claims that the old pattered started again with Large randomly showing up on her house. Her lawsuit states that Large, “coerced the Plaintiff’s participation in nude, sexual-fetish ‘catfights,’” and even when so far as to take her out of state for one of the fights.

Additionally, the lawsuit claims that the, “plaintiff was coerced to participate in numerous sexual encounters against her will. At all times relevant, Detective Large utilized his Horry County issued police vehicle and visually displayed his Horry County Police Department badge and police issued firearm.”

RhodesAdditional defendants named in the lawsuit include: former police chief Saundra Rhodes, former deputy chief Scott Rutherford, former Capt. Dale Buchanan, Sgt. Thomas Delpercio and former Lt. William Squires. According to the victim, each of these individuals was aware of Large’s behavior and did nothing.

Although Large denies the sexual assault accusations, the Department did fire him after he was accused of sexual harassment during an investigation. At the time, Saundra Rhodes was the police chief and oversaw the investigation.

“Cases like this give me the chills,” said Attorney Joseph Sandefur of Myrtle Beach’s top personal injury firm Joe and Martin. “They’re also why I decided to pursue personal injury law. To help women like this one recover from the financial blow the mental and physical abuse left on her so she can start rebuilding her life.”

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Florida Nursing Home Faces Two Lawsuits Related to Medical Malpractice Wrongful Death

A Florida John Bales Attorneys nursing home, that is located in Northern Florida , has faced two different medical malpractice wrongful death cases.  These were related to deaths of two different residents in 2011.

medical-malpractice2The first case was related to a man that had entered the hospital in January of 2011.  He was being treated for kidney disease as well as an infection.  When he was discharged from the hospital he was placed in a nursing home in order to receive physical therapy.  He was found in his room one hour after being left alone.  He was unconscious on the floor and he had a head injury.  He then died in the hospital two days later because of brain swelling.

The family filed a medical malpractice case that said the nursing home staff did not have enough staff to care for the needs of the residents.  This caused them to be negligent and it caused this mans death.

The second case involves a woman that was transferred to the nursing home in 2011 after she was in the hospital.  While at the nursing home she was to be given morphine sulfate and Xanax.  She was to be given these three times a day or every eight hours.  However, she was given both every four hours during the day.  The case reported that she was given more morphine sulfate and Xanax than she was actually prescribed by doctors.

Detox-off-PercocetThe lawsuit has alleged that because she was overmedicated by both of these, she was sent to the hospital in order to be evaluated and treated.  This woman was then diagnosed with morphine overdose and this caused kidney failure.  It took two and a half weeks for her to die from acute renal failure.

It is not uncommon for individuals to suffer from errors related to medications in nursing homes.  There are times when the wrong amount of medication is given or individuals receive the wrong medications.  But, when there are medication errors individuals can be harmed.  Residents that are sick and elderly could suffer from serious harm or even death.

rece_dlonie_fotolia_222401_4Many patients are not able to participate in their own care.  They may not be able to ask questions and this can be a real problem.  For example, if a patient always had a red pill but today it is blue they may not be able to ask about this change.  “When individuals are not able to stand up for themselves they need a professional that can help.” “Professionals that understand the law can help to ensure that justice is done and that others are not harmed.  I have dedicated my professional life to working for those that need assistance when they have been harmed because of others.”  Always speak with an John Bales attorney that specializes in these types of cases to get the assistance that you need when you need it the most.



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Car Hits and Kills 90-Year-Old Woman in South Carolina June 2, 2016

On Friday at approximately 3:42pm, police responded to a Pembroke Pines crash that claimed the life of a 90-year-old woman. This accident took place at 1800 North University Drive.

The driver, 43-year-old Kristal Millingen, was going southbound on University Drive in her 1998 Mitsubishi Mirage. 90-year-old Iliana Rosario was crossing this street outside of a designated crosswalk, per the police.

Police state that Rosario was struck after walking into the path of the oncoming vehicle.  The victim was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital, and as a result of her injuries, she died at the hospital. Information about the extent of her injuries is not known at this time.

It has not been stated whether or not the driver sustained any injuries as a result of this accident. It is also not stated whether or not she was taken to the hospital to be checked out.

No information about the driver’s condition or state of mind after the accident has been released to the public. The police appear to want to ensure a full investigation is completed before releasing any further information on this case.

How speeding is affecting this case is still unknown for a many reasons. First of all it is unknown what speed the driver was traveling at or if there were any contributing factors on the driver’s end. All that is known at this time is that the victim was not crossing in a marked crosswalk when the tragedy occurred. So there are still a lot of uncertainty about this case.

The investigation is currently ongoing to ensure that investigators have all of the necessary facts. Investigators may address the public after gathering all of the facts and determining all of the factors that may or may have not resulted in the death of Rosario.

Pedestrians being struck by drivers when not using crosswalks is not uncommon. Both drivers and pedestrians have a responsibility to make sure that they are utilizing the rules of the road to aid in preventing this type of accident from occurring. Make sure to obey all traffic laws and signals and always do the speed limit. This helps to prevent accidents and keep the roads safer for everyone on them.

“The matters of liability can be very complex and sophisticated, depending on the situation,” says Attorney Joe and Martin, a managing partner at a top personal injury law firm headquartered in South Carolina. “Your heart definitely goes out to the victims who are dealing with both a financial and an emotional burden of a loved one while coping with their own consequences associated with this tragedy.”

Due to the investigation still being conducted, police are reaching out to the community for information. Anyone who witnessed the accident or may have more information should call the Pembroke Pines Police Department to share this information.

This was an unfortunate accident and one that can happen to anyone. Drivers must be careful to be alert when driving and pay attention to all of their surroundings. Pedestrians must adhere to crosswalks and walking signals to ensure they are walking in streets when it is as safe as possible.

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2014 Car Accident Triggers Lawsuit Against Kim Kardashian May 18, 2016

Even though she normally seeks out media attention, this is one time when Kim Kardashian probably wishes the media would focus its attention somewhere else. Her most recent bout of publicity focuses on a car accident she was involved in back in 2014. While it’s likely that Kardashian had long forgotten about the incident, the other person involved in the incident, Rafael Linares, hadn’t. It was first reported in the New York Daily News that he had filed a lawsuit citing the car accident against Kardashian.

According to the paperwork, Linares suffered personal injuries during the car accident that not only resulted in a great deal of pain, but also left him with a physical disability. He and his car accident attorney want Kardashian to pay for both his medical expenses, loss of wages, and the damage sustained to his car.

The incident cited in the lawsuit took place at Sunset Boulevard and Benedict Canyon Drive. At this point the type and degree of the injuries Linares sustained during the incident haven’t been revealed. When the March 2014 accident took place, TMZ noted that a ticket wasn’t issued to either driver and that the two drivers appeared to be getting along afterwards. The same reports indicated that the property damage appeared minimal and that there weren’t any signs of injury immediately after the accident. None of the Kardashian family or their lawyers have commented on Linares’s lawsuit.

In 2013, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 2.31 million people sustained injurie as a result of a car accident.

Attorneys specializing in car accidents know that they can be tricky. Not only is there property damage that needs to be addressed, but there’s often injuries. The most complicated part is determining whether or not the injuries are directly connected to the accident or not. Often the adrenaline released during the accident masks physical pain.

If you have been involved in an auto accident, the first thing you should do, even if you didn’t exhibit any sign of ill health immediately following the accident is to book an appointment to have your doctor examine you and determine if you sustained injuries that haven’t yet revealed themselves.  Make sure you keep a copy of your medical records.

If you were injured during the accident, you shouldn’t try to approach the driver who was at fault, which could jeopardize your case if it goes to court. Instead you need to gather your medical records and the accident report filed by the police and seek the counsel of a good car accident attorney.

Based on the information you provide and that an investigation of the incident reveal, your car accident attorney will advise you about the best way to handle the situation. In many cases, the lawsuit never makes it before a judge since car insurance companies often opt to settle out of court.

If you were injured in a car accident, feel free to contact us by clicking on the link We’re ready and willing to offer all the assistance you need!


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Distracted and Dangerous December 7, 2015

HEY YOU!!! PAY ATTENTION!!!! “People who texted while driving had reaction times that were 37.4% slower than when not distracted. Compare this to people drinking and driving who have reaction times 12.5% slower than when sober.” This is the surprising statistics found on the All State Website.

In the United States, more than 9 people are killed and more than 1,153 people are injured in accidents that involve a distracted driver.  There are three types of distraction: Visual: Looking away from the road; Manual: taking your hands from the wheel; and Cognitive: letting your mind wander from the task of driving. Each of these distractions are dangerous alone. Texting combines all three types of distractions which makes it a vastly more dangerous activity.

Before the Distracted Driving laws were put into effect in Orlando, Personal Injury claims due to Cell phone usage was increasing along with that of the Nation. While texting remains one of the biggest culprits of accidents in the U.S. it is far from the only one that is important enough to guard against.

Distracted driving is defined by the CDC as, “Distracted driving is driving while doing another activity that takes your attention away from driving.” This was a painful lesson for the 22-year-old hit-and-run driver who crashed into a 17-year-old bicyclist killing him instantly. The driver was trying to pick up an electronic cigarette that had fallen and in those seconds he took his eyes off the road, he ended someone’s life, and changed his own life and that of the bicyclist’s loved ones forever.  To protect the lives of our citizens and guard against personal injuries, Orlando drivers are urged to be mindful while driving.

Being attentive and avoiding driving distractions could save your life and that of someone else. Look at this list of other potentially dangerous activities and ask yourself if you have been a distracted driver. *statistic taken by

  • Eating while driving: People who are eating and driving have 44% slower reaction times.
  • Drinking non-alcoholic beverages while driving: People who are drinking non-alcoholic beverages while driving have 22% slower reactions times.
  • Passenger Interactions: 47% of women and 71% of men report being distracted directly by the people in their cars.
  • Pets: Tens of thousands of accidents are believed to be caused by unrestrained pets.

If you answered yes to any of the above distractions, please rethink your driving habits. In 2012, more than 421,000 people were injured in motor vehicle accidents caused by a drivers that were distracted; a 9% increase from 2011. If you answered no, you are still at risk unfortunately. In Orlando, personal injuries are inflicted upon careful drivers by distracted drivers every day. If you, or someone you know is the victim of a distracted driver, you are urged to contact the guys at to find out how they can help protect your rights, recover fair compensation for your injuries and lost wages, and fight for loss of life compensation for immediate family members.   

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