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Redmond, Washington Reaches Settlement in Fatal Police Shooting

The city of Redmond, Washington recently announced that it had settled with the family of a woman who was shot by police officers in her own apartment after calling 911 for help. In September of 2020, Andrea Thomas Churna called 911 to ask for police to come to her apartment for assistance. She told the 911 operators that she thought someone was trying to kill her. There was an audio recording of the 911 call. She had recently had a bad experience with her ex-boyfriend, and she was concerned.

When police arrived at the scene, they saw Churna climbing up a balcony. She told police that she had a mental health history and that she was concerned it might be playing a role. The police then asked Churna if she had a firearm. She did, and she retrieved it. While the handgun was jammed and inoperable, Churna was later shot and killed by the police. Officer Daniel Mendoza fired the fatal shot.

The Chief of the Redmond Police Department, Darrell Lowe, stated that Churna was unarmed when she was shot. Lowe admitted to the mistake, apologized to Churna’s family, and stated that the news release also contained an error. The initial report stated that Churna had confronted the officers with a handgun. That turned out to be false. The original press release also stated that multiple shots had been fired, which was also false. While there is an inquest going on, more details cannot be provided until it is concluded.

Fortunately for Ms. Churna’s family, a settlement has been reached which should provide some closure. The attorney representing Churna’s family, Kim Zak, announced that the city had reached a settlement of $7.5 million with the city of Redmond. The family and their attorney were prepared to show the multitude of errors that the city had made in handling the call of their loved one. While the settlement may provide some closure, it also has to lead to meaningful change that can prevent an issue like this from happening again. It will be interesting to see if the police department makes changes in how it receives and responds to 911 calls, particularly involving people with a history of mental health concerns.

Why You Should Always Work With a Personal Injury Lawyer When Filing a Personal Injury Claim

If you have been involved in a serious accident that is the fault of someone else, you may think that you should not be responsible for your medical bills. That is where filing a personal injury claim can be helpful. Even though you are legally allowed to file a personal injury claim without a lawyer, you should refrain from doing so. Even if you think the facts and the law are on your side, you need to work with an experienced legal professional who can put you in the best position possible to be successful.

First, if you are filing a personal injury claim, you have suffered serious injuries. You deserve to focus all of your attention on your medical recovery. If you file a personal injury claim on your own, you’ll be stuck spending all of your time doing paperwork instead of focusing on your recovery. You’ll need to get the accident report from the police, get your medical records from your doctor, and try to arrange for witness testimony. You should let the lawyer do this for you so you can focus on your medical recovery.

Furthermore, every personal injury claim is different. Your case is unique, and you require someone with the right experience and knowledge to handle your case for you. How much is your injury worth? What is a fair settlement offer? You need a lawyer with the right experience to advocate on your behalf.

In addition, the insurance companies will have experienced lawyers as well. If you file a personal injury claim against a specific individual, they will probably have lawyers as well. Opposing lawyers can be intimidating, and they can make life difficult. You need to have a lawyer in your corner who can fight for your rights as well.

If you have been involved in a serious accident, you deserve to have the representation of a personal injury lawyer who will fight for your best interests. Even though it is true that a personal injury lawyer may take a portion of your settlement, you will likely still end up with more money if you work with an experienced personal injury attorney. Furthermore, you can save time and stress by focusing on your medical recovery instead of worrying about paperwork.

How to Calculate a Personal Injury Settlement Amount

If you’ve been injured in an accident, the recovery period can be trying. In addition to physical and emotional pain, you may also find yourself trying to navigate the process of filing a personal injury settlement claim. A personal injury lawyer can help you negotiate the personal injury settlement landscape, calculate a reasonable claim amount, and manage your expectations.

How to Put Together a Claim

There are a few different factors to consider when determining how much money to ask for in your settlement. First, calculate the total cost of your medical bills to date, and when appropriate, estimate the cost of any ongoing or future care. In many cases, the amount of damages you can claim will be directly correlated with the severity of your injuries.

If your injuries caused you to miss work, consider the wages lost during this time period. Additionally, if damage sustained from your accident will prevent you from working in the future, include the amount of future income you expect to lose. Finally, if any personal property was damaged in your accident, such as a car in the case of an automobile accident, factor in the cost of repairs or replacements.

Once you’ve come to a number that makes sense for your settlement, it’s important to collect any documentation that supports your financial claim. This can include medical billing statements, pay stubs, auto repair bills, and other relevant documents. Your lawyer can help you identify and collect the necessary paperwork.

Things to Consider

Different states have different laws pertaining to personal injury settlements. Some states are modified comparative negligence states. This means that in these states, if you are determined to be at greater than 50% at fault, you may be unable to claim damages. Other states are contributory negligence states. This means that if even if you are at a lower percentage of fault, sometimes as low as 1%, you may be ineligible to collect damages. Consult with your lawyer to find out if you live in one of these states.

While calculating a personal injury settlement amount can seem daunting, a personal injury lawyer can help you create a claim and give you your best chance of receiving damages.

 

Lawsuit Filed in Death of SC Real Estate Executive Is Settled

Recently, a settlement was reached in a major case based out of Charleston, SC involving worker’s compensation. In this case, a man was killed in an accident while on property owned by his employer. The settlement is valued at more than $260,000. While the details of the settlement are confidential, the attorney representing the family argued that the employer was responsible for the accident suffered by this individual, which ultimately led to his death.

This incident involved a real estate executive in South Carolina who was killed in a car accident. The accident took place while he was visiting a property that was owned by his employer. The vehicle was found submerged in water that had filled a ditch that was located on the property. Even though the cause of death is likely drowning or injuries sustained on impact, the reason for this accident was never discovered. When the lawsuit was first filed, the allegations made by the attorney for the family were denied. The denial indicated that the executive had no reason to be on that property at the time and, by being on the property, he was acting outside the normal scope of his profession.

On the other hand, the attorney representing the family argued that this man had full access to the property, which was gated and locked. This man was supposed to check in on the progress of the development of this property. Furthermore, the vehicle involved in the accident was the vehicle he used when he represented the company in his work.

In the end, the employer conceded that the man was allowed to go and visit this property even though he was not asked specifically to go to that property on that day. He had also visited the property in the past.

In the end, both parties decided that it was best to settle the case instead of taking the risk of heading to trial. It is beneficial that the family will have some money to cover the final expenses of a loved one who was tragically lost too soon. Hopefully, this family will be able to grieve in private while also cherish the memory of their family member.