Woman with a Small Dog and a Black Belt Surprise Would Be Attacker

A man who decided to start a crime in Myrtle Beach South Carolina learned that it’s never a good idea to try and threaten a woman who walking her little dog. In this case, he found that he wasn’t prepared to deal with the immediate consequences.


The incident took place on a Wednesday afternoon. The victim, oblivious to any danger, and her small terrier were enjoying an evening stroll on the 400 block of 28th Avenue North when she was approached by a man who sent off bad vibes.

The woman’s first thought was for her little dog. She didn’t want it to be hurt so she dropped the leash and prepared to meet her assailant.

“He put me in a choke hold,” she said. “The only thing I could think of was to elbow him in the stomach, turn around and punch him in the mouth,”

What her attacker didn’t realize until that very moment was that he wasn’t dealing with a helpless woman who liked small dogs. In reality, his intended victim was a woman who had worked hard to get a Black Belt in karate and she wasn’t going down without a fight.

She didn’t have to fight long. In a flash, her assailant realized he’d bitten off more than he could chew, released her and bolted. The last time anyone spotted him, he was running in the direction of Ocean Boulevard.

The woman reported that for the most part she is okay. She did complain of a sore neck and her knuckles split open and needed to be bandaged up. She told police that the man was on the short side, only about 5’6” and she guessed he weighed about 170 pounds. He didn’t have any facial hair and as a result of his encounter with her, he also has a busted lip.

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The little dog did not appear to be fazed by the attempted attack or his human mother’s brave actions.

“I don’t know what I like most about this particular story. How much I admire and respect this woman, or the idea that the next time this particular low life considers attacking someone, he’ll probably think twice about it. I hope that I hear about his arrest soon,” said Joseph Sandefur, managing partner of a top personal injury firm at joeandmartin.com/myrtle-beach. “I think this story perfectly illustrates why more women and men should take the time to learn the basics of self-defense. Once that happens, I have a hunch I’ll be helping fewer people sort out liability and financial issues connected to personal injury cases.”

Had this woman been unable to defend herself and been hurt by her attacker, she would have been well within her rights to file a personal injury lawsuit against him, putting her in a position to collect any actual and punitive damages she sustained as a result of the attack.

Innocent Dog Walk Ends with a Stabbing

South Carolina police arrested Marcos Perez, age 20, after he attacked and stabbed a man who was walking his dog past Wesley Matthews Elementary School. Although none of the injuries were life threatening, the dog walker did sustain multiple injuries to his face, hand, and neck as a result of trying to defend himself during the attack.

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According to police reports, Perez asked his victim if he knew what time it was. After the dog walker looked away, Perez attacked him with the knife. He was aiming for the dog walker’s neck.

Police report that the dog walker had never met Perez before and that the victim did nothing to provoke the attack. Following the incident, the dog walker was admitted to Kendall Regional Medical Center to have his defensive wounds treated.

kendall_regionalPolice weren’t able to detain Perez until the next day when they found him in the same general area as the attack. The identified him based on the description provided by his victim.

When questioned by the police. Perez not only denied that he was involved in the attack, he also stated that he was at home at the time of the incident. His mother disagrees, stating that he was out of the house. She also told police that her son had a violent history.

Both Perez and the victim were brought to the police station where the victim identified Perez in a photo lineup. After that, Perez was charged with attempted murder.

“It will be interesting to hear more details of this case and the defendants background,” Joe and Martin managing partners of a top personal injury firm with an office headquartered in South Carolina said when he learned of the details of this particular case. “Regardless of what triggered the attack, I strongly urge the victim to seek legal counsel as soon as possible. Based on the facts I’ve been told, he should have a strong civil case and is entitled to a personal injury settlement. He doesn’t have to wait until the conclusion of the criminal case to start the process.”

Although each case is different, whenever someone is injured by someone else or as a result of someone else’s actions, they’re entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit in civil court. This case is completely separate from any criminal trial that may take place. A person can even be found innocent of the criminal charges and still find themselves paying a court ordered settlement as a result of the civil case.


According to www.joeandmartin.com, a good personal injury lawyer will review the details of your unique case and guide you through the legal process. Not only will they help you determine how much of a settlement you can ask for, they will also help you determine who to name as the defendants in the case.

Every case he will take on is different, and he will evaluate your case individually, help you navigate the complex legal process so you can focus on the most important thing: your recovery.

Once the paperwork has been filed, your personal injury attorney will stand beside you as the case moves through the negotiation phase of the civil legal process.



Police Lose Carjacker When Hot Pursuit Leads to Car Crash

54c54a91b55d1.imageIn January, one of California’s police officers was in a hot pursuit of a carjacker when he suddenly found himself in the middle of a car accident. According to the police report, the officer was pursuing a white Ford Taurus and which he believed had been stolen at gunpoint when the patrol car slammed into a non-police vehicle. As a result of the accident, the carjacker was able to escape. So far, the police don’t have any leads that they can use to help capture them.

“The best thing about this story is that no one got hurt,” said Drew Warren, managing partner at a top personal injury Philadelphia law firm. “Too often these types of cases end up with one or more of the passengers suffering from broken bones, lacerations, or head injuries. The incident does go to show how quickly a work day can become a work accident. If an injury is the result of any workplace activity, the victim owes it to themselves and their loved ones to file an occupational personal injury lawsuit.”

There are any number of things that can result in an occupational personal injury, everything from the employer’s failing to take the appropriate safety measures, to the employees not paying attention when they hurry from Point A to Point B. In the case of the police officer, had they been injured in the accident, it would have been the result of bad luck and bad timing.


It has come to Warren’s attention that many people in California are reluctant to file an occupational personal injury claim against their employers. He has found that the main reason potential clients balk is because they’re afraid that they did something to cause the accident, or that it will appear to be a disloyal act.

A third reason some people are reluctant to file the claim is because they’re worried about how long they’ll have to wait for the matter to be resolved. The average person only wants to file a personal injury claim against their employers when the employer has been neglectful about maintaining a safe work environment.

20140218__20140219_A8_CD18KNOXp1If you’ve been injured while on the job, you have to understand that you are going to have expenses as a result of the injury.It’s likely that your health insurance company will only cover a portion of the hospital bills, forcing you to dig into your savings to handle the additional expense. It’s also likely you won’t be able to work while you heal, which puts additional strain on your budget.

Filing a personal injury claim is the best way for both you and your employer to make sure the injury doesn’t have severe financial repercussions. As long as your employer is properly insured, the insurance company, not your employer, who will pay the settlement. Most of these types of cases are quickly settled during the negotiation phase of the legal process so you don’t have to worry about going through a lengthy waiting period.





Plaintiffs Awarded Millions in Risperdal Lawsuit Settlements

settlement_3While it’s true that Risperdal has been successfully used to help patients manage symptoms of schizophrenia, autism related irritability, and bi-polar disease, the drug isn’t without side effects. One of the most alarming side effects that some boys who have taken Risperdal have experienced is gynecomastia, which is the development of breasts. Individuals who have files lawsuits against Risperdal manufactures claim that they hadn’t realized there was a link between the drug and gynecomastia and if they had known, they might not have opted to use the drug as part of their treatment.

In December 2015 a Risperdal lawsuit that made its way into the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas was won by the plaintiff. After hearing the details of the case, the jury determined that the manufactures really had failed to provide adequate warning about the potential risk of gynecomastia. The plantif was awarded a $500,000 settlement which was for compensatory damages.


The Bernstein Liebhard LLP who handled the case, Sandy A. Liebhard, was pleased with the final results. “This is the fourth time a Pennsylvania jury has found that Risperdal’s label warnings pertaining to male breast development were inadequate, and the third time a gynecomastia plaintiff has been awarded compensatory damages. Our Firm is representing a number of Risperdal clients who are alleged to have suffered similar complications, and we are pleased with the outcome of this case.”

During the trial, the jurors learned that the plaintiff started using Risperdal when he was 11 and before 12 months had passed, he’d developed breasts. In addition to the fact that the drug had led to gynecomastia, the plaintiff was also upset that Risperdal was being used to help treat his Tourette’s syndrome even though the drug hadn’t been approved for the disease. The plaintiff felt the drug had been improperly marketed.

Risperdal isn’t a new drug. Doctors have been prescribing the antipsychotic drug to patients since 1993, but weren’t able to prescribe it to pediatric patients prior to 2006.

risperdal-side-effect-lawsuit-lawyer-attorney-4The development of the gynecomastia in the boys who have been prescribed Risperdal as part of a treatment program for cognitive issues such as bi-polar disease and schizophrenia is troubling. Many of these young men already struggle in social settings and don’t have the mental and emotional tools needed to survive the teasing they often get when it becomes clear that the drug has triggered gynecomastia, and the trauma they suffer as a result can haunt them and impact every choice they make for the rest of their life. Simply stopping use of the Risperdal once the gynecomastia starts generally isn’t enough and the patient has to have the breast tissue removed either via liposuction or surgically.

If you or one of your dear loved ones is struggling from Risperdal induced gynecomastia, the best thing you can do is arrange for a consultation with an experienced lawyer. They will help you file a Risperdal lawsuit and stand by, making sure your legal rights are respected through each step of the legal process. For more information about Risperdal lawsuits, visit http://www.rxinjuryhelp.com.

Locker Room Tumble Leaves Tennis Star Concussed

The United States Tennis Association recently found itself facing a lawsuit, which was filed by popular star, twenty one year old Eugenie Bouchard. According to the paperwork she filed, the association failed to make sure that the locker room the star’s used during the U.S. Open was safe. As a result she slipped and hit her head hard enough to sustain a concussion.

Bouchard is a serious athlete with an impressive record, including finishing second a Wimbledon. At one time Bouchard who represents Canada, was ranked number five in the world. According to her lawsuit, not only did the locker room slip and concussion cause her an enormous amount of pain, but her inability to be on the tennis court while she waited for the concussion to heal resulted in a great deal of economic loss.

The star was returning, victorious, from playing a round of mixed doubles. Shew as in the physiotherapy room in the Billie King National Tennis Center when she lost her footing on something unidentified but slippery and fell. Her head struck the floor, which resulted in the concussion that kept her off the tennis courts.

The concussion was so severe she was not only forced to withdraw herself from the U.S. Open, but she also had to withdraw from Asian tournaments where she was expected to do well. The impact the injury has had on her career is undeniable. Since that day, her world rank has slipped 13 spots, and it’s widely believed that it will slip even further.

At this point, the United States Tennis Association has not commented on the situation. This is not unusual, the organization has long had a policy about not discussing any lawsuits of any type while they are still active in the court system.

Falls are not something to be taken lightly. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that nearly 5% of work related fatalities for women are the result of fall, and that falls account for 11% of male work fatalities. In the course of a year, hospitals around the United States expect to deal with over 8 million fall related injuries. Businesses report that the leading reason given for an employ applying for workers compensation is a fall that occurred during work, and a large number of those cases cited poorly maintained floors or bad flooring material to be the cause of the fall.

Most falls result in a broken bone or concussion similar to the one suffered by Bouchard.

If you were injured in a fall, or if someone you know was killed in a fall that was triggered by neglect, the best thing you can do is contact a wrongful death attorney in Tampa. The wrongful death attorney in Tampa will look at the details of your case and take the steps to make sure you receive proper compensation.

The sooner you contact the wrongful death attorney in Tampa, the better since the memories of witnesses will still be clear, making it possible for the attorney to present an accurate case.

What to Consider When Choosing a Personal Injury Attorney

Law You’ve been dealing with insurance companies, just trying to get a straight answer about when your medical claims will be paid. Your medical bills are mounting and even being around a car feels like a traumatic experience. That car accident changed your life and you’re feeling like you’re at the end of your rope. How will you ever be able to find the right person to help you?

Thankfully, most reputable personal injury law firms in New York offer a free consultation. This is a great opportunity to meet the lawyer that will help you wade through the legal process. A free consultation with a lawyer will help you assess not only the legal merits of your case, but also help you find a lawyer that you trust. Here are a few questions you should ask to help you choose a personal injury attorney.

Don’t be shy! Once you’ve told the New York personal injury lawyer about your case, ask them about their experiences with similar cases. Feel free to question them about how frequently their cases settle or go to trial. A good lawyer will feel comfortable discussing his successes and experiences.

Chance of Success or Failure
During a consultation, you’ll have the opportunity to describe some of the specifics of your case. While any discussion of success or failure will be conjecture, it is still a good idea to ask what an attorney thinks of your case and whether he or she believes it will be successful. After all, this is what they do for a living. A good personal injury lawyer will honestly discuss your case with you.

No one likes discussing money, however if you choose to move forward with your case, you’ll be entering into a legal contract with your lawyer and will need to know how much it will cost you. Pay attention to how an attorney discusses this with you.

There are two aspects to communication. In regards to your personal injury case, you’ll want to know who your main point of contact will be and how you will be communicated with. Will you be speaking directly with your lawyer, or will you be speaking with a paralegal moving forward? Will you receive letters informing you of court dates and paperwork needs, or will someone personally call you?

As you’re delving through your potential case and the attorney’s experience, there are also some questions you should be asking yourself.

Do I trust this person?
Do you feel comfortable talking to the lawyer? Do you feel like you are being listened to? Only you can answer these questions. It’s important to pay attention to how you feel during your consultation. Do you feel like you are being spoken to like a partner? If the answer to these questions is yes, that’s great!

Will I be a priority at this law firm?
Knowing how you will be communicated with and who your main point of contact will be will help you ascertain the priority of your case. In addition, consider the size of the law firm and the number of cases they deal with. Do you feel like you’re being rushed out the door, or do you feel like the attorney is trying to understand you and your needs?

Once you’ve considered these questions, you’ll be better able to pick the personal injury attorney in New York that will best meet your needs, helping you to get the settlement you deserve. If you still have questions about the merits of your case, the resource section of the American Bar Association website may help you decide whether you should move forward with your New York personal injury lawsuit.