In Maryland, the personal injury lawsuit filed by Edna “Peggy” Payton-Henderson, the mother of William “Tipper” Thomas III, the high school football player who became paralyzed from the waist down after being injured during a 2004 shooting at Randallstown High School parking lot, will be tried before a jury in Baltimore County. Maryland’s Court of Special Appeals’s decision upholds a lower court ruling to move the case to Towson in the “interest of justice” and because the location was more convenient for most of the witnesses.
The personal injury lawsuit names Randallstown High, the Baltimore County Police Department, the Baltimore Board of Education, two Baltimore police officers, and the two shooters who were convicted for firing a gun into a group of students. All of the defendants are accused of negligence and failure to prevent Thomas, who was shot in the neck, back, and lung, from getting hurt. The former high school athlete had planned to continue playing football at Morgan State University.
The shooting incident occurred in May 2004 following a charity basketball game. Four students were shot. Two gunmen are serving 50 and 100-year prison terms for the shooting. A third person, charged with bringing the weapon to school, will stand trial in the next few months.
Catastrophic Personal Injuries
If you or someone you love is paralyzed, has a traumatic brain injury, has a permanent disability or disfigurement, or is suffering from another catastrophic injury that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you should speak with a Maryland personal injury law firm that knows how to help you obtain recovery for your injuries.
Catastrophic injuries can affect your life forever, and there may be expensive and ongoing medical and care costs that you will have to pay for so that you can maintain some quality of life. The losses that can result from a catastrophic injury, such as the inability to work again or go to school or enjoy normal pleasures, such as recreational activities or being able to embrace your loved ones, cannot be quantified. There are, however, remedies available so that you can receive financial compensation for your losses, damages, pain and suffering, and medical costs.
County court to hear lawsuit in school shooting, BaltimoreSun.com, June 3, 2008
Sun coverage: Shooting at Randallstown High, BaltimoreSun.com
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Baltimore County Board of Education
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