Death of Two Shooting Victims Leads to Myrtle Beach Man’s Arrest

57964d1bb65f2.imageThe deadly shooting that took place on Saturday evening has led to the arrest of one man who the Myrtle Beach Police feel is connected to the crime. It took officers until about 4:30 p.m. Sunday to compile the facts needed in order for them to arrest Calvin Derrell Ford. He faces multiple charges, including: possession of a weapon during a violent crime, two counts of murder, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. The police officers feel that there’s a good chance additional charges will be filed against Ford in the future

The information on the arrest warrant states that witnesses observed Ford arguing with one of the victims who was later shot. The same witness also stated that they saw Ford firing multiple rounds. At the time of his arrest, Ford was already under GPS monitoring that the investigators used to confirm both that Ford was at the scene at the time of the shooting and fled after the alleged time the shots were fired.

The victims are listed as 26 year old Dameion Alston and 27 year old Macquis Burgess. Both were transported to Grand Strand Medical Center where they both passed away as a result of their injuries.

According to police reports pertaining to the event, Station #1 firefighters were the first to hear both the shots and someone who pounded on their door seeking help.

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When everyone arrived on the scene, both victims were already in critical condition.

Your heart has to go out to the family of the victims who find themselves not only dealing with the unexpected loss of their loved ones, but also have to deal with unanticipated financial fallout that goes hand in hand with these types of cases,” said Attorney Joseph Sandefur of Myrtle Beach’s top personal injury firm. “I hope the family seeks legal advice during this trying time.”

Most people think that the only way that they can file a civil lawsuit in criminal cases such as this one is if the people accused of the crime are found guilty. That’s not strictly true. There have been situations where a person can be found guilty of a crime and forced to pay a jury awarded verdict even after they have escaped a criminal conviction.

injlawIt’s important to remember that every single case is different which is the family members of loved ones who have died a wrongful death similar to those of Dameion Alston and Macquis Burgess. The only way to determine how to proceed in a civil case is with the assistance of a good personal injury lawyer who has dedicated their life to helping the loved ones of victims who suffered a wrongful death. Not only will the personal injury lawyer investigate the crime and determine if there’s even enough evidence to justify the pursuit of a civil lawsuit, they will also handle the negotiation process.

For additional information about personal injury and wrongful death cases, contact the experienced attorneys at Joe and Martin.

 

Medical Malpractice Situation Jeopardizes Surgeon’s License

Dr. Osakatukei “Osak” Omulepu is facing more than just medical malpractice and personal injury lawsuits. The South Carolina Department of Health has contacted South Carolina’s Board of Medicine, requesting that hey revoke the plastic surgeon’s medical license, making it impossible for him to perform any more potentially dangerous surgeries.

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Earlier in his career, Dr. Omulepu worked for South Carolina’s Spectrum-Aesthetics Center for Cosmetic Surgery and Vanity Cosmetic Surgery. Both establishments state that he is no longer a member of the staff nor does he perform and surgeries at the facilities.

Question about Omulepu’s competency rose when several patients who wanted the plastic surgeon to perform a procedure called a butt lift were hospitalized for complications in May 2015. All of these women’s surgeries took place during a 3-day time frame.

Its data shows that breast surgery, facelifts, eyelid operations and weight-loss procedures account for 80% of the rising number of legal actions, with blunders leading to damages payouts of more than £500,000. This become one of the most lucrative branch of industry.

Each of the patient’s complications differed in severity. According to hospital records, two of the women experienced torn internal organs (small intestines, liver), which led to additional complications such as blood infections. One woman developed acute respiratory and kidney failure.

State records show that at the time of the incidents, Omulepu failed to have a current medical malpractice insurance policy in place, which could limit the legal options available to the patients.

brazilian-butt-liftAn investigation revealed that the three patients in May aren’t the only ones whose lives have been put in danger as a result of Omulepu’s surgeries. In May 2012, a 27-year-old woman made the journey from St. Louis, Missouri to South Carolina after she’d been referred to Omulepu by the website RealSelf.com, which specializes in matching patients to cosmetic surgeons. Following her surgery, she was forced to admit herself to the emergency room on three separate occasions for leg and back infection which were connected to Omulepu’s surgeries. She reports that her travel expenses and surgical fees for the cosmetic surgery performed by Omulepu cost about $6,000. She now has over $60,000 worth of medical bills as a result of complications from the surgery. She says that following her cosmetic surgery, Omulepu avoided her phone calls.

A Texas State University student also made the trip to South Carolina for a Brazilian butt lift which was performed by Omulepu and quickly developed severe infections that required a 2 week stay in te hospital for treatments. She also reports that when the complications developed, she was unable to contact Omulepu. She is now looking for a way to cope with approximately $75,000 worth of medical bills.

Research indicates that Omulepu was never officially certified and registered with the American Board of Plastic Surgery. The case has prompted the South Carolina Society of Plastic Surgeons to remind patients who desire plastic surgery to not only thoroughly research the surgeon they’re considering using, but to also ask for referrals and to make sure they’re properly board certified as well as being a member of the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

“This is a sad story that is becoming all too common,” said Joe and Martin managing partners of a top personal injury firm in South Carolina at https://joeandmartin.com/. “It seems like every few days there’s a new story about someone who is fighting for their life as a result of a botched plastic surgery. It’s a trend that needs to stop.”

Killino admitted that the fact Omulepu wasn’t properly insured will make it harder for the women to gain the type of settlement they should be entitled to, but he encourages them to file a personal injury lawsuit anyway. Not only is there a really good chance that the lawsuit will result in a settlement, which will probably be smaller than if Omulepu had been insured, but hopefully the case will make other young women think twice before accepting treatment from a doctor who isn’t authorized to practice medicine.

 

Police Report Increase in Violence Outside California Clubs

For the second time, someone has been found outside the Center City nightclub after they’ve been knocked unconscious. The first time this happened, no one was aware of the incident until a video of the incident was posted on YouTube. The video was later removed. That particular incident took place at 1:30am.

Bouncer-knocks-young-man-outDuring the video, the individual who was clubbed and left lying on the ground, unconscious, walks up to a man and speaks to him. Most of the conversation is indistinct, but at one point the victim can be heard saying, “Now if you hit me and you swing and you miss can I still go inside?” It isn’t long before the much larger man balls up his fist, draws back his arm, and punches the victim in the face. The video ends shortly after the victim crumbles to the sidewalk where he remains unconscious.

According to one witness, the larger man was a club bouncer and the victim an individual who had been kicked out of the club and was hoping that if they could convince the bouncer to punch him, he’d be allowed back in. The witness reports that the victim was only unconscious for approximately a minute before they regained their feet and started speaking to others who were outside the club.

“The guy was fine,” the witness said. “He did have a gash in his head so he went to the hospital in an ambulance. The bouncer walked away and got in a car that rolled up and that was that.”

Coda Club owner, Dan Gross, doesn’t agree with one aspect of the witnesses statement. He claim that the larger man is not affiliated with the Coda Club and has never worked for them in a bouncer capacity.

It was later revealed that the large man who threw the punch was actually an off duty employee of Mainline Security. After seeing the video, Mainline Security severed all professional ties with the individual.

Coda_Punch_Philly.07c5bc90.fill-735x490A second, and apparently separate incident, currently has California police once again looking at the Coda Club parking lot. This time a 25-year-old individual when to the police and reported that a Coda bouncer assaulted them. At the time, the second victim reported that they didn’t have any injuries.

When the second incident was first reported, the police believed that the individual was actually the victim in the first video, but when the investigated the matter further, they learned that there were indeed two different cases, even though there were a lot of similarities between the two episodes.

California personal injury attorney Drew Warren fully expects that a personal injury claim will be filed shortly. “In the first incident there’s evidence suggesting that the victim was hurt and required medical attention. Filing a personal injury claim naming both Coda Club and Mainline Security would be the best way for the individual to pay their medical expenses.”

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