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Seven months after the shooting of their daughter, a Utah mother and father want answers and feel filing suit may be the only way they will get them. To date, they have only been provided with limited information regarding the shooting death of their 21-year-old daughter by two police officers.

Awful story here. The lawsuit states that the deceased was shot in the back of her head, “assassination style” while she was seated in her vehicle in the parking lot of an apartment complex. While casing the area for drug activity, the detectives say they saw what they believe was the young woman buy drugs. They claim that when they approached her vehicle, she put it in reverse and struck one of the detectives. Both detectives fired, and the girl was killed.

The City disbanded the Neighborhood Narcotics Unit after a routine investigation of the shooting led to the discovery of several problems including undisclosed amounts of missing drugs and money, mishandling evidence, booking evidence without proper documentation, and officers taking items from seized vehicles. Prosecutors have since dismissed more than 100 cases associated with the unit.

A Logan County, Utah surgeon has lost the first of three lawsuits filed against him, and lost it big. In what is believed to be a record in the county for a malpractice lawsuit, a jury awarded almost $1.4 million to the family of a woman who died after injuries related to a surgery that the surgeon had performed.

The surgeon faces two additional lawsuits, one scheduled to go to trial later this month, and one scheduled to begin in June of this year.

Ultimately, this is the problem: frequent flyer doctors who repeatedly commit malpractice. The medical profession has to do a better job of getting rid of its bad doctors. It would completely eliminate the “medical malpractice insurance” crisis of the week.

According to a lawsuit filed in Utah, a doctor committed suicide after “excessive, overreaching and abusive treatment” by the FBI and Bureau of Land Management toward the doctor. The doctor, his wife and their daughter were arrested for trafficking American Indian artifacts a few years ago. The doctor killed himself a day after being convicted of “the illegal possession of a ‘bird effigy pendant’ worth $1,000” in 2009.

This is an unfortunate case. You can’t help but feel for almost anyone who commits suicide. It is such a terrible thing. That said, this lawsuit is going nowhere.

The Utah Supreme Court reversed the lower court in a lawsuit filed on behalf of a 7-year-old son who suffered a skull fracture when he was struck in the head with a hockey stick by an 8-year-old player. Utah’s highest court found that an 8-year-old who struck the boy was less likely to appreciate the likelihood of causing serious injury; accordingly, the incident could be construed as an accident instead of an intentional tort. The boy, through his mother, seeks damages from Safeco Insurance Co., the striking boy’s family’s insurance carrier.

This boy suffered a serious head injury causing some brain damage. I would suspect this case will now settle for Safeco’s policy limits.

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