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SPRING VALLEY, CALIFORNIA: 20- Year- Old Man Walking on Sidewalk Alongside Campo Road Near Cordoba Avenue, Killed by Hit-And-Run Driver, Jason Palmer, 33

Monday, October 28th, 2013

SPRING VALLEY, CALIFORNIA (October 28, 2013) – A 20-year-old man was killed while walking home from work on the sidewalk along Campo Road near Cordoba Avenue at about 3:45 a.m..  Friends confirmed to the press that the victim was named Jacob Greenwald. Greenwald was a recent graduate of Grossmont High school and worked at the McDonald’s Restaurant near state Route 94 and Avocado Boulevard.

He was described by people as being a “sweet guy.” Greenwald was working to save up fro school. Family and friends are holding a vigil tonight for Greenwald. Jason Michael Palmer was arrested for hit-and-run after his license plate was found at the scene of the wreckage. This is not Palmer’s first run-in with the law and he has an extensive criminal record, according to law enforcement.

Palmer hit Greenwald with is Toyota 4-Runner SUV and there was extensive wreckage at the scene. It was shocking more many people to see so much wreckage and chaos, and someone would just drive away without considering that a man was clearly dead from being hit, according to witnesses and medical personnel. Palmer was taken to jail after his cell phone was pinged and he was located after the fact. He is being charged with suspicion of felony-hit-and-run and felony manslaughter.

“This is such a tragedy for this young man and his family. He obviously had worthwhile goals and wanted to make a future for himself, this was a wrongful death in every sense of the word,” states attorney West Seegmiller. Mr. Seegmiller is the owner of The Seegmiller Law Firm in San Diego, Newport Beach, and Las Vegas.

Sources: 10NewsNow.com

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CHULA VISTA: South Bay Apartment Fire Leaves One Woman Dead, Four Others Injured

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

CHULA VISTA, CALIFORNIA: (September 11, 2013) – An apartment fire occurred in South Bay today that left one woman dead and injured four others, according to 10 News. The fire began for reasons still unknown. According to Deputy Fire Chief Justin Gipson, the fire erupted at about 10 a.m. on the first floor of an apartment complex located at the 500 block of Park Way in Chula Vista, California.

One man inside the apartment was able to escape the flames but his wife was unable to get out and died from her injuries. Four other people sustained minor burns. Deputy Gipson reported that fire and medical personnel will spend the entire day at the scene.

“Obviously the investigation of this incident is not complete. But there must be some sort of liability on part of the apartment complex. What about smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, readily available fire exits? If these things were all in place and functioning properly, a fire such as this may not have taken a life and injured people,” states personal injury attorney West Seegmiller.

West Seegmiller is owner and founder of The Seegmiller Law Firm in Newport Beach and has been practicing personal injury law for over 33 years.

Sources:  http://www.10news.com/news/apartment-fire-reported-in-chula-vista-091113

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Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (August 7, 2013) – Single mother Cathy Hill raised her son to be a sweet, gentle kid who did well in school and wanted to be an engineer someday. A devout Christian, Cathy Hill did everything in her power to raise good children, and her son Dillon was a stand-out example and he was well known during high school as being an athletic, fun-loving person with many friends.

By 2006, Dillon was enrolled at UNLV, where he completed a semester towards and engineering degree. Dillon began to take prescription pain-killers around this time, and after a few years of continued use, he graduated to heroine use. Hill was caught for the third time shoplifting from a local Wal-Mart in order to sell items to buy drugs. He was arrested and awaiting trial at Clark County Detention Center.

Not long after his incarceration at CCDC a fellow inmate found Hill unresponsive in the communal shower area. Apparently, Hill had gotten ahold of a bedsheet and used it to hang himself from the shower head. Hill was rushed to the ER but lost his life a few days later. At the time of his suicide, Hill was coming off a deep heroine-induced depression. Hill had told his mom that he was having thoughts of harming himself.

It was only after Cathy Hill told personnel this fact, that Dillon was watched more closely. However Cathy Hill wondered why her son was not taken to an isolated unit and put on suicide watch as is standard procedure in these cases.

Cathy Hill also wondered why there was access to showers which were not suicide proof, especially in a jail where over 50% of the inmates are coming off addictive drugs.

According to The Las Vegas Sun and sources familiar with jail procedures the following facts raise concerns:

* When Hill was asked by a psychiatric nurse to rate his level of depression from one to 10, with 10 being most depressed, he gave himself a 9. Yet, there’s no indication of any further psychiatric exam.

* Hill was brought off the heroin detoxification protocol relatively quickly. The detoxification protocol would provide the inmate with drugs to ease the pain and insomnia of opiate withdrawal.

* Hill was not placed on suicide watch, which would have entailed an isolation cell with frequent eyeball checks by officers and have made Hill’s manner of suicide — with a bed sheet in the shower — all but impossible.

Nevada Wrongful Death Attorney West Seegmiller states, “This suicide could and should have been prevented. There is no reason why Dillon Hill should not still be alive today and afforded a fighting chance of recovery.”

For roughly 30 years, the legal experts at Seegmiller Law Firm have represented hundreds of clients injured in serious car accidents and other personal injury incidents. Our legal team has also handled hundreds of wrongful death claims for families of victims killed or injured in accidents. Indeed, the personal injury law firm has a proven track record with more than $100 million in settlements and verdicts.

There is no cost to clients until our experienced team of lawyers and legal professionals have won your case. Finding the best attorney can mean you will get the settlement you need to get your life back on track. Compensation for your injuries, loss of wages and pain and suffering can’t take away the trauma of the accident, but it can help you rebuild your life.

Leave the legal work to our experienced car accident attorneys by calling 1-855-275-9378 (1-855-ASK WEST). Seegmiller Law Firm has offices in California including its headquarters in Irvine. We also have offices outside of Orange County to serve you in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Fresno, San Diego, Sacramento and in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Source: http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2013/aug/07/mothers-despair-her-sons-suicide-jail/



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BURBANK: Brad Hensley, 53, ID’d as Pedestrian Struck, Killed on Olive Avenue

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

BURBANK, California (July 30, 2013) — The Los Angeles County Corner’s office, Tuesday, identified Brad Hensley, 53, of Maywood, as the pedestrian struck and killed on the 2600 block of Olive Avenue, Sunday night.

Just after 10 p.m., Burbank Police responded to a 911 call informing them a pedestrian had been struck by a vehicle.

Emergency officials arrived on scene to find Hensley, who was rushed by paramedics to a nearby hospital. He was later pronounced dead.

The Burbank Police said the driver of the vehicle, Ralph Neighbour, 60, of Burbank, remained at the scene of the accident.

The incident is under investigation, but under California Vehicle Code Section 21950 (a) a driver must yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, said Attorney West Seegmiller, a California wrongful death attorney.

In addition, drivers are required to slow down when a pedestrian is in the roadway and be alert for any crossings.

“There are exceptions in the law, however, such as pedestrians are required to watch out for their own safety,” Seemiller said. “This means they cannot suddenly leave a curb and walk or run into the path of a vehicle. Also, pedestrians should not unnecessarily stop or delay traffic while in a marked or unmarked crosswalk.”

However, if a pedestrian does step into the roadway suddenly the driver must still make every effort to safely stop or avoid hitting them whether it’s a marked or unmarked crosswalk, Seegmiller said.

“The thoughts and prayers of this Law Firm are with the Hensley family during this very tragic and difficult time,” Seegmiller said.

About The Seegmiller Law Firm

If you have been injured in a car accident in Burbank, The Seegmiller Law Firm may be able to help you. We work hard to obtain justice for victims and their families who suddenly find themselves facing medical bills, funeral costs and lost income due to an unexpected car accident.

The law firm has recovered more than $100 million in settlements and verdicts for its clients in counties throughout California. Our attorneys are passionate about defending their clients against insurance companies and corporations who typically attempt to downplay the value of their claim.

Call for a free consultation with one of our attorneys at 1-855-275-9378 or visit our website at theseegmillerlawfirm.com.

Sources: http://cad.chp.ca.gov, Los Angeles County Corner, Burbank Police Department, Twitter

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ESCONDIDO: Santiago Zarate, 4, of Escondido Killed by Golf Cart at Catholic Church

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

ESCONDIDO, California (July 30, 2013) — Santiago Zarate, 4, of Escondido died Monday night shortly after he was struck by a golf cart outside of the Church of the Resurrection at 1445 Conway Drive in Escondido, according to a press release by the San Diego Medical Examiner’s Office.

About 6:45 p.m., Zarate was playing outside of the Catholic church at the time of the accident when another child got inside an unattended golf cart normally used by staff members and drove into the boy, according to a report by NBC News. Zarate was pinned against a large concrete pillar and was critically injured, the coroner said.

The boy was first transported to the Escondido Police Department where paramedics arrived and air-lifted the boy to Palomar Hospital and later Rady Children’s Hospital’s emergency room. Doctors worked hard to save the boy’s life, however, his sustained severe injuries to his abdomen and he died a short time later at 8:17 p.m., the coroner and NBC reported.

“No parent should have to lose their child in an accident such as this one,” said Attorney West Seegmiller. “Our staff was touched by this story and our prayers go out to the boy’s family who are now coping with his sudden loss.  Sadly, the church was negligent by leaving the golf cart unattended and it ultimately was responsible for this boy’s wrongful death.”

 Sources:   http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/me/press/press.html, http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Child-Pinned-Between-Wall-and-Golf-Cart-217498561.html

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